Gastrointestinal perforation (GP) is commonly referred to as a bowel perforation or ruptured bowel. It happens when a hole forms all the way through one of the following locations:
There are many reasons that these perforations occur, most of which are not caused by doctors. This can include diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, tumors, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer disease, and other diseases.
Sometimes though, a gastrointestinal perforation is caused during a medical procedure by a doctor or surgeon. When this happens, and it is not treated appropriately immediately, a person can experience major medical complications and even death.
If you or a loved one need a Norristown bowel perforation or ruptured bowel attorney, call The Weitz Firm, LLC today.
The GI tract is a closed system, running from your mouth to your bowels. This system is meant to be closed and if it is perforated then major medical problems can occur. The following can enter the body through a perforation:
When this happens, your body runs the risk of developing a full body infection, known as sepsis. This is deadly and can leave someone disabled or kill them within a matter of hours.
While we recognize the doctors and surgeons likely do not intentionally cause these perforations, they should always be on the lookout for symptoms that would indicate them. If they notice signs like the following after a procedure, they should work to diagnose the problem:
Failure to notice these symptoms and to perform X-rays, a CT scan, or blood work is negligent. Bowel perforations need to be discovered quickly and fixed. A patient will need to be put on antibiotics after the problem is fixed in order to fight off infection.
There are times when a bowel perforation could lead to part of the intestine being removed. This may mean a patient will need a colostomy bag so their intestinal contents can drain from their body.
We know this is not what you expected. If you or a loved one have experienced a bowel perforation or ruptured bowel and you believe that a doctor is to blame, you should consider seeking legal assistance. Medical malpractice cases are not easy, but they are necessary to hold health care professionals accountable. A gastrointestinal perforation that was caused by a doctor can permanently alter a person’s life and lead to major medical expenses.
We know these can be horrible medical situations to go through and we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve. We want to make sure your medical expenses are covered, as well as any lost income and pain and suffering damages you have suffered. Contact The Weitz Firm, LLC when you need a bowel perforation or ruptured bowel attorney in Norristown. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.