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A perforated bowel occurs when your intestinal wall ruptures, allowing its contents to flood the rest of the abdominal cavity. This condition can lead to sepsis or blood infection. If not treated immediately, it can result in death.
Causes of Bowel Perforation
The most common causes of bowel perforation are:
- Traumatic injury
- Crohn’s disease
- Gastrointestinal cancer
Symptoms of Bowel Perforation
The symptoms include:
- High fever
- Severe abdominal pain that gets worse when you move
- Intense vomiting
These symptoms can be very severe and require immediate medical attention. If the vomiting is not treated, it can cause dehydration. Failure to treat a perforated bowel will lead to more serious health complications.
Bowel Perforation Caused by Malpractice
Most perforated bowels resulting from medical malpractice occur during a colonoscopy. Doctors need to take precautions when performing a colonoscopy if you have a preexisting colon or rectal disease, or if other medical procedures are being performed at the same time as the colonoscopy.
It is the doctor’s responsibility to take precautionary measures to prevent a rupture of your bowel during surgery. If he fails to do so, he is guilty of malpractice. The doctor is also required to examine your bowel during and immediately following surgery in the region to make sure there are no perforations. If he does not recognize the perforation immediately, it can lead to very serious health consequences and a lengthy hospital stay.
If you have suffered a bowel perforation as the result of your doctor’s negligence, you are entitled to receive compensation for your damages. You may be able to recoup all additional medical expenses brought on by the condition, and you can potentially collect damages for pain and suffering as well.
At G. Eric Nielson & Associates, our attorneys specialize in medical malpractice cases. We dedicate our entire practice to this area of the law. We are knowledgeable about the issues involved in a medical malpractice case, and can help provide you with the best representation possible. Our goal is to help you receive a fair settlement that will enable you to start moving on with your life.
For experienced, compassionate, and aggressive legal assistance, contact a Salt Lake City medical malpractice attorney today. We offer FREE consultations and case evaluations.