Medical malpractice is very unfortunate, though there is something that can be done about it. Bowel perforation is something that some consider malpractice, though there is some question revolving around it. Bowel injury is typically something that results from a puncture of the bowel wall during an abdominal procedure or tissue injury that results in a delayed perforation. Unfortunately, bowel injury is not typically a basis for a medical malpractice claim on its own, but other things may make it a case to file.
Delay of care might make this type of injury a medical malpractice. If the doctor is to notice the problem right away and inform the patient, that is not going to be considered medical malpractice. Likely, they will do their best to fix the issue, though it might not always fix right away. This, in a sense, is a standard of care act, where doctors must provide a standard of care to all of their patients. However, if the patient can prove that during the procedure, the surgeon was negligent in his performance, there is likely a case to be made. This goes back to the idea that this kind of surgery normally does produce bowel injuries, even if the doctor was very careful. This is why there must be proof of their negligence during the procedure. Again, though, if the doctor does not inform the patient of the injury and fails to realize the mistake they have made, this will help make a case of medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one has sustained a bowel injury due to the negligence of the surgeon, there may be a medical malpractice case to be made. In this case, it is important to contact a well-qualified attorney as soon as possible. Contact Lombardi & Lombardi today to schedule a consultation.