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Can a Perforated Bowel be Medical Malpractice? Learn the Answer to This and Other Questions from an Experienced Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorney

A hole in your gastrointestinal track, or bowel, can be life threatening if it is not properly diagnosed and treated promptly. While the symptoms of a ruptured or perforated bowel are often apparent, and tests can confirm the existence of a problem, some people still suffer from a doctor’s failure to diagnose a perforated bowel.

In some cases, the failure to diagnose comes after the doctor or another surgeon was negligent and cut the bowel during surgery. In other cases, the failure to diagnose comes after the condition developed through a traumatic accident or gastrointestinal illness. In either case, the victim or his or her survivors may benefit from contacting a Kansas City medical malpractice attorney.

Understanding Perforated Bowels and Medical Malpractice

Generally, perforated bowels occur in one of three ways. A perforated bowel may form because of a traumatic injury (such as a car accident), an illness (such as Crohn’s Disease) or a medical mistake (such as cutting the bowel with an instrument during surgery).

Symptoms of a perforated bowel may include fever, significant abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Failure to recognize these symptoms, or failure to recognize a mistake during surgery, could be medical malpractice. X-rays and CT scans can confirm the diagnosis and allow doctors to prepare for emergency surgery to treat the problem.

How to Contact a Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorney for Help

Whether a doctor caused your ruptured bowel or failed to diagnose your perforated bowel you may have the right to recover damages for medical malpractice. You may also be able to recover damages if your loved one was killed by an undiagnosed perforated bowel or a bowel that was cut during surgery. Kansas City medical malpractice lawyers can help you understand your rights and pursue a fair and just legal recovery.

For more information, please contact an experienced Kansas City malpractice attorney today at (816) 471- 5111 or (888) 348-2616. You can also learn more about Kansas City medical malpractice claims in our FREE book,The Truth About Medical Malpractice Claims.
 

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