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New York Bowel Perforation

A bowel perforation is medical condition that occurs when there is a hole in the lower digestive tract. While the hole can be in the bowels, it can also be in the stomach or small intestine. A bowel perforation is a serious condition, requiring emergency treatment. While a bowel perforation can be caused by trauma to the abdominal area sustained in a car accident, criminal assault, or during a sporting activity, it is an injury that can also occur during a botched abdominal surgical procedure. The experienced New York bowel perforation lawyers at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those injured by the medical negligence of surgeons and other medical professionals. We are here to help.

Symptoms of bowel perforation

Symptoms of a bowel perforation include:

  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • High fever
  • Chills

If you experience any of these symptoms, particularly if you recently had a surgical procedure in the abdominal area, immediately seek medical attention.

Treatment of a bowel perforation typically requires surgery to repair the hole. It is critical that patients who suffered a bowel perforation are closely monitored even after the hole is closed as complications such as internal bleeding, infections, and the development of an abscess are possible.

Pursuing compensation

Bowel perforations are commonly associated with routine surgeries affecting the abdominal area, including a colonoscopy, c-section, laparoscopic, hysterectomy, and bladder surgery. During even the most routine surgical procedures, a small nick or cut in the thin tissue of the intestines, bowel, or colon can have catastrophic consequences. While bowel perforations can occur in the absence of medical negligence, as a bowel perforation attorney in New York will explain, medical negligence can also be the cause of a perforated bowel. In addition, even in cases where medical malpractice did not cause the bowel perforation, if the doctor failed to diagnose or competently treat a bowel perforation and as a result you suffered injuries, you would have a case of malpractice.

In order to prove that your injury resulted from medical malpractice, it is necessary to show that your doctor made a mistake during your surgery that resulted in a bowel perforation, or that some other medical mistake resulted in your bowel perforation related injury. You must also show that as a result of the bowel perforation you suffered serious losses. Compensable losses include the medical expenses associated caused by the medical mistake. This may include additional surgery, a prolonged hospital stay, medication, and other related medical expenses. Furthermore, as a result of the medical negligence, you may end up having to miss work. If this happens, you can demand that the defendant reimburse you for your lost wages and compensation, including paying you for the vacation or sick days you had to use while being treated for the bowel perforation. Sadly, a bowel perforation can be such a serious injury that it can lead to death. If a family member passed away due to perforated bowel caused by a medical mistake, contact a New York bowel perforation attorney to discuss filing a wrongful death claim.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you suffered a bowel perforation, and you believe it was caused by medical malpractice, you deserve answers. A thorough review of your medical records may reveal the truth. If your injuries were caused by medical malpractice, you may be eligible to receive significant compensation that will help you pay for your medical bills and compensate you for your lost wages. The bowel perforation attorneys serving clients in New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have years of experience successfully representing victims injured by negligent medical professionals. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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