Ruptured bowel from surgery, medical malpractice lawsuit from ruptured bowel, bowel hole, perforated bowel, nursing attorneys
There are two main reasons why you may be able to make a case for a medical malpractice lawsuit following a ruptured bowel – 1) surgery that caused a ruptured bowel or a bowel hole and 2) misdiagnosis when a doctor fails to diagnose an impacted bowel and it ruptures.
The most common causes of a bowel rupture are from mistakes during surgery or crushing injuries from car accidents.
What is a ruptured bowel? A ruptured or perforated bowel is a hole in the stomach, small intestine or large intestine. A ruptured bowel can happen during surgery to any of the organs around the bowels when a surgeon accidentally punctures the bowel. The problem occurs if a surgeon fails to notice that he or she has created a hole and closes up the patient without repairing the bowel hole.
A ruptured or perforated bowel can demonstrate symptoms such as high fever and extreme pain. The rupture most commonly happens to the small intestine. The stomach is the next most common area to rupture and then the large intestine.
A ruptured bowel allows food or feces to leak from your bowels into your abdomen or for air to seep into the abdominal cavity leading to severe inflammation and abdominal infection which rapidly can spread and become serious or even fatal, if not diagnosed and treated quickly.
A ruptured bowel must be detected early to ensure repair as soon as possible.
What is an impacted bowel? An impacted bowel is when feces become trapped in the lower part of the large intestine, causing a waste obstruction. The stool collects in the bowel becoming hardened. Hard stool can irritate the rectum, resulting in the production of mucus and fluid which can leak, causing fecal incontinence. An impacted bowel can also rupture.
Impacted bowels are all too frequent scenarios in nursing homes where patients are not monitored for bowel movement frequency.
Have you or a loved one suffered a rupture bowel or impacted bowel rupture? Do you need a knowledgeable nursing attorney by your side?
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