Perforated Bowel Injury


Surgery is risky at best. Certain unwanted outcomes and side effects cannot always be avoided, even by very experienced surgeons. In the course of abdominal surgery, it can be very difficult for a surgeon to completely avoid nicking bowels with surgical instruments. Bowel perforation is a known possible complication in certain types of surgery, such as hysterectomy. Surgeons naturally do their best to prevent it, but without 100 percent certainty.

Perforation of Bowels During Surgery Can Lead to Disastrous Complications if Left Untreated

Perforation of bowels during abdominal surgery, if left uncorrected, invariably leads to infection. A patient may suffer from sepsis and die if the nicked bowel is not repaired promptly. The longer the condition goes untreated, the more hazardous the outcome. Therefore, it is of paramount importance for physicians to monitor a patient carefully after such surgery and take action immediately if bowel perforation has occurred. A failure to diagnose and treat a perforated bowel in a timely manner is in essence a surgical error that occurs after surgery.

Perforation of Bowels During Abdominal Surgery Is a Known Risk — But Failure to Diagnose and Treat Is Negligence

In our practice of medical malpractice law over the years at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., we have learned that perforation of a bowel during surgery is rarely if ever an indication of malpractice. Rather, the failure of a surgeon or other evaluating physicians to discover, diagnose and treat a perforated bowel in a timely manner is negligence.

Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Evaluate Your Case

If you or your close family member has suffered complications after surgery, we invite you to contact us at our law offices in St. Louis. Perforated bowel injury? Attorneys at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., can evaluate your case and make recommendations on how to go about pursuing compensation. If the patient needs additional surgery, loses income from further time off work or incurs other losses, a medical malpractice claim can recover resources to pay for these expenses, while also acknowledging pain and suffering.

Contact a Missouri Surgical Error Lawyer

Founded in 1976, Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, combines the talents of four highly skilled trial lawyers. Each of our attorneys has received the highest possible AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. To learn more about our approach to client service in bowel perforation surgical error cases, contact our office in St. Louis to schedule a free consultation.

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