Failure to Diagnose a Bowel Leak or Ruptured Bowel
Ohio medical malpractice attorneys protect your future
A perforated bowel is a hole or cut in the bowel of the small or large intestine. Other names for a perforated bowel are bowel leak, ruptured bowel, and gastrointestinal perforation. A leak in the bowel allows bacteria, food, and fecal matter to leak into the abdominal area, which can cause death, sepsis, infection, peritonitis, and organ damage.
If the perforation is recognized and treated in time, the perforation can usually be easily fixed through a simple surgery. But if the perforation is not treated timely, the patient can die or require a more complex surgery and may need to wear a colostomy bag for the rest of his or her life.
At Crandall & Pera Law, we advocate on behalf of patients who suffer injury or death because of a failure of a medical professional to diagnose or properly treat a bowel leak. Our Ohio medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience proving medical error and aggressively fighting to help patients obtain the maximum recovery the law allows. We help people in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chagrin Falls, Chesterland, and across Ohio.
Recognizing a bowel leak
An experienced gastrointestinal (usually shortened to GI), internal medicine doctor, gynecologist, urologist, or general surgeon should be able to recognize the symptoms of a perforated bowel. Symptoms include chills, fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, and nausea. Some of the diseases and medical conditions that can cause a bowel leak include:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Gallbladder Disease
- Peptic Ulcers
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Surgical errors during a colonoscopy, hysterectomy, bladder repair, or other surgeries
- An automobile accident or other accident that injures the bowel.
Common medical tests used to recognize a bowel leak are X-Rays, CT scans of the abdomen, and white blood cell count tests.
The dangers of undiagnosed bowel perforations
Without the necessary surgery due to a failure to diagnose the bowel leak, the immediate danger is that waste products could flow into the bloodstream. This can cause an infection such as sepsis, which can cause long-term harm or even death. The possibility of peritonitis, an inflammation of the lining of the abdomen, is another concern when a bowel leak is not swiftly treated.
The danger of infections and peritonitis exist if surgery is not performed. The health risks also exist if the surgery is performed but is complicated due to delay. A timely medical diagnosis of bowel leak decreases the possibility of infection because the surgery is simpler and the infection is not permitted to progress.
Crandall & Pera Law protects your rights when Ohio doctors fail to diagnose a perforated bowel
Our lawyers know how challenging it can be to constantly use a colostomy bag or manage the damage caused by medical malpractice. We help patients whose doctor failed to diagnose their bowel leak in time. We have been helping Ohio victims of medical malpractice for decades to get the medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering award they deserve. The medical malpractice lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law serve clients throughout Ohio including Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chagrin Falls, Columbus, and Chesterland. Please call 877-686-8879 for an appointment or fill out our contact form.