Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys Pursue Justice When Physician Negligence Results in Harmful Bowel Perforations
When patients undergo surgery, they place their trust in the hands of the medical professional completing the procedure, confident they will receive the highest level of care. While every type of surgery comes with some level of risk, injuries and complications can be life changing when physicians fail to employ an adequate standard of care. Bowel perforation is one such condition, sometimes resulting from an accidental cut to the bowel. The experienced Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, Staton, Goldberg and Cardea, P.A. understand the excruciating pain and inconvenience that can accompany a bowel perforation injury. That is why we diligently work to secure compensation for the residents of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC.
What is bowel perforation
A perforation of the bowel is a gastrointestinal condition that occurs when the bowel is punctured in some way. In a malpractice situation, the perforation often occurs when a surgeon accidentally cuts into the bowel. This creates a situation in which harmful bacteria enter the abdominal cavity, sometimes leading to a life-threatening infection called sepsis. Other complications of bowel perforation include:
- Stomach abscesses
- Internal bleeding
- Bowel infarction
Patients who survive the complications of bowel perforation may be left with the mental and emotional pain of needing a colostomy bag, which places a physical and financial burden on the patient and the patient’s family. The skilled Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, Staton, Goldberg and Cardea, P.A. earnestly believe that medical professionals should be held accountable for their injury-causing mistakes. We rigorously fight to secure the compensation our clients deserve.
We discuss a case where hernia repair surgery goes terribly wrong for one man. In this instance, during a typically low-risk procedure, the surgeon inadvertently pierces a hole in the bowel of the patient and doesn’t realize it. The patient is sent home but comes back to the hospital days later complaining of pain. He’s admitted to the hospital and the next day emergency surgery is performed, but by then he has had multi-organ failure and dies.