Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys Pursue Justice When Physician Negligence Results in Harmful Bowel Perforations

Bowel Perforation

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, Federico and Staton, 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:

  • Peritonitis
  • 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, Federico and Staton, 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.

Phillip Federico discusses 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. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Trustworthy guidance through the bowel perforation malpractice claim process

Because bowel perforation is sometimes considered a standard risk of surgery, the condition may not automatically rise to the level of medical malpractice. However, a failure to timely diagnose or inadequate treatment of the condition generally indicates physician liability. During surgery, the doctor should ensure that the bowel is intact. If a problem is discovered, he or she has a duty to take immediate corrective measures to prevent further complications.

If the perforation occurs outside of surgery, the physician’s responsibility includes a timely diagnosis of the condition. This may involve x-rays or a CT scan. The doctor may also take blood tests to look for signs of infection or blood loss.

Rely on the medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. to fight for the compensation your case deserves

Bowel perforation is a painful condition that you or your loved one should not have to endure. If your physician caused a bowel perforation or failed to adequately diagnose and treat your condition, contact the law firm that earnestly fights for the residents of Baltimore, Washington DC and Maryland. Contact Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. at 410-234-1000 for a free consultation.

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