medical-malpractice

When doctor negligence causes harm, our lawyers protect your rights in Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C.

Injuries sustained to either the large or small intestines can result in everything from a costly, extended hospital stay to death. In the worst case scenarios, patients who suffer bowel injuries can develop bacteria that then circulate through the blood vessels and infect the entire body, causing them to go into septic shock.  For those who have suffered an intestinal injury as a result of medical malpractice, hospital negligence or surgical errors, finding an experienced Baltimore medical malpractice attorney is crucial to successfully litigating a fair outcome to the case. Medical malpractice cases involving bowel injuries are hard to prove due to the need to prove negligence on the part of a doctor or medical facility. Not all bowel injuries are the result of doctor or hospital error, and proving that yours was requires a skilled attorney. With two convenient office locations in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C., the experienced legal team at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is ready to review your claim.

Types of abdominal bowel injuries

The two most common abdominal bowel injuries involve perforations to the bowel and the failure to recognize these perforations. Most successful injury lawsuits revolve around the following bowel injuries:

  1. Puncture to the bowel wall during an abdominal procedure.
  2. Tissue injuries or infection / inflammation that causes perforation of the bowel which goes undiagnosed

With the help of a dedicated Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer, you can get the compensation you need to aid in your recovery from a bowel injury.

Understanding Standard of Care as it relates to medical malpractice

Perforation of the abdominal bowel is not, in and of itself, a sign of surgical error or medical malpractice. These injuries are often times the result of a buildup of scar tissue which changes the normal anatomical blind marks and can happen even when the surgeon is acting appropriately. Therefore, the question of whether an adequate standard of care was met does not revolve around whether an injury was sustained. Rather, it revolves around whether the sustained injury was a result of negligence on the part of the medical provider.

Standard of care refers to the level of care one would receive from a prudent, experienced and well trained medical professional in any given situation. In essence, this rule of law asks the question of whether or not the medical provider in question acted in a manner that would generally be accepted as standard by their peers in the medical field. When it comes to bowel perforations and injuries, the questions on the table are whether the injury should have been prevented, whether the surgeon appropriately noticed the signs of perforation and attempted to immediately repair and (if perforation was delayed) whether the physician in question appropriately monitored for and noticed the common signs of bowel injuries in the patient to provide timely repair. If the answer to any of these questions suggests a subpar standard of care, an experienced medical malpractice attorney has a case for litigation.

The legal team at Schochor, Federico and Staton have decades of combined experience handling complex cases like these in Washington D.C., Baltimore, and throughout Maryland. Consult one of our dedicated lawyers to learn more.

Examples of abdominal bowel injuries

There are four main injury types that most commonly result in successful medical malpractice litigation:

  1. Injuries sustained to portions of the bowel that did not need to be accessed during a procedure.
  2. Injuries sustained as a result of a physician or hospital missing common signs of bowel perforation.
  3. Injuries sustained as a result of the use of out of date or improper surgical and postoperative techniques.
  4. Failure to recognize and treat injuries immediately.

If you or a loved one has experienced any of the above, it is essential that you get help from a seasoned attorney as soon as possible.

Fighting for the rights of malpractice victims in Washington D.C., Baltimore, and throughout Maryland

If you have been the victim of an abdominal bowel injury that you believe could have been prevented, contact Schochor, Federico, and Staton today at 410-234-1000 to speak with an experienced attorney. Medical providers and hospitals are known for having aggressive and experienced legal teams. Our team will review your case, examine your medical records, consult with surgical experts and litigate on your behalf. No one should have to suffer the physical, emotional and financial hardships associated with preventable injuries. Call us today to get the compensation you deserve.

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