Laredo Bowel Perforation Attorney
Every surgery carries a certain degree of risk. Cutting into the body is a short-term trauma that should have long-term benefits for the patient. When medical mistakes happen, a surgery can cause more harm than good. In these cases, you need the help of a Laredo bowel perforation attorney. You need Brown, Christie & Green.
The Role of a Bowel Perforation Attorney
In the careful balance of risks and benefits, many surgeons do an admirable job of explaining surgical risks to their patients. That is why when patients suffer a bowel perforation during or after surgery they may not suspect medical malpractice.
The truth is many cases of bowel perforations are caused by a medical professional’s negligent actions. It can be difficult to determine whether this is what happened to you because a surgeon may not be forthcoming in admitting fault.
role of a Laredo bowel perforation attorney is to help victims determine whether their suffering could have been avoided, and if so, to pursue compensation for their injuries.
When is a Bowel Perforation Malpractice?
There are two ways in which a bowel perforation may be malpractice:
- If the surgeon nicks or damages the bowel during a procedure or surgery and fails to correct the injury before it causes harm.
- If the bowel is intact throughout surgery and ruptures in the postoperative phase, but doesn’t receive timely treatment from the medical team.
In either scenario, a Laredo bowel perforation attorney can help.
Bowel Perforation Complications
The most worrisome complication of a bowel perforation is infection. Infections in the abdominal cavity often lead to sepsis, which can be fatal. Other serious complications of a bowel perforation include:
- Risks of surgical repair of the bowel perforation
- Internal bleeding
- Bowel infarction
- Abdominal abscesses
- Formation of fistulas
Each of these complications themselves requires a surgical repair, further endangering the life of the patient who suffered a bowel perforation. Not to mention, multiple surgeries and long hospital stays are enormously expensive. Victims of medical negligence should not bear the financial burden of their injuries.
How Can a Laredo Bowel Perforation Attorney Help?
If you are facing lengthy treatment or additional surgeries due to a bowel perforation, contact a Laredo bowel perforation attorney. If we determine that your injury is the result of healthcare negligence, we can build a case and demand compensation. Compensation through a medical malpractice claim can recover the costs of your:
- Hospital stay
- Medical devices
- Rehabilitation services
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
Contact Brown, Christie & Green to Learn More
When you work with Brown, Christie & Green, you have access to a seasoned team of legal professionals who work on medical malpractice cases in Laredo every day. We certainly have the resources and expertise you need to get results. Our impeccable reputation speaks for itself.
To request a free consultation with our Laredo bowel perforation attorney, call us at 1-800-600-4210, or complete our online form.
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When surgeons make mistakes, you cannot count on them to admit fault. You can count on Brown, Christie & Green, however, to investigate your claim and get answers.
A Bowel Perforation Increases the Risk of Sepsis
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to infection. When an infection invades the body, the immune system generally fights it off. Sometimes, however, this response is overwhelming and the body actually becomes toxic to itself. This is sepsis.
A bowel perforation creates an opportunity for the bacteria and fecal matter normally safely confined to the intestines to infect the abdominal cavity. Both bowel perforations associated with surgery and those that happen spontaneously without a prior surgery increase the risk of sepsis.
Spontaneous Bowel Perforations
Certain gastrointestinal conditions increase the risk of spontaneously occurring bowel perforations:
- Duodenal Ulcers
Surgery-Related Bowel Perforations
Abdominal surgery or medical procedures of any kind can disturb the intestinal wall. During surgery, tools can puncture or damage the intestinal wall, prompting a perforation. These procedures include:
- Cesarean section
- Bladder repair
- Trauma repair
- Laparoscopic Procedures
Any surgery carries the risk of infection, but a bowel perforation after surgery dramatically increases the risk of infection.
Sepsis from a Bowel Perforation
Sepsis can overwhelm the body’s immune system and prove fatal, especially in patients who are already in a weakened state of health. Bowel perforations also increase the risk of sepsis because the repair is almost always surgical, which unnecessarily exposes the patient to the risk of infection from surgery.
Bowel perforations can cause peritonitis, an infection of the abdominal cavity, which can turn to sepsis very quickly.
When Surgeons Cause Bowel Perforations
While it is true that even the most conscientious surgeons may still treat a patient who will suffer a bowel perforation, it is not acceptable for such a condition to progress to the point of causing sepsis. When that happens, the medical provider has almost always been negligent. Negligent surgeons must be held accountable when their actions harm a patient.
If you are battling sepsis following a bowel perforation, contact Brown, Christie & Green to schedule a consultation with our Laredo bowel perforation attorney. We will investigate your case and determine if proper infection control guidelines were followed. Also, we will discover whether your surgeon made an error while operating on you.
To find out more about how we can help, contact us at 1-800-600-4210, or fill out our online form. Our consultations are always free, and there is certainly no obligation to learn more.