Have you suffered a perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel following a medical procedure? Perhaps you’ve experienced the tragic loss of a loved one due to a medical professional failing to diagnose a perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel? You may be able to make a claim. Shine Lawyers have expert medical negligence lawyers who can stand up for you and help you right these wrongs.
Medical conditions and perforated stomachs, oesophagus or bowels
There are several medical conditions that may require surgery, such as an appendectomy, bowel surgery or gynaecological surgery that may carry a risk of a bowel or stomach perforation occurring. A perforation occurs when the lining of the intestine or stomach becomes torn, cut or ripped.
The risk of a perforation can increase with obesity, old age, and when there is a history of prior bowel or gynaecological surgeries or conditions. It is important that your doctor takes these things into consideration and that may determine the type of surgery that is most appropriate for you, and would carry the least risk of a bowel or stomach perforation occurring.
There are also several common bowel conditions such as prolapsed bowel, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, and crohns disease that may require further investigation of the intestines by exploratory surgery, such as by a colonoscopy, and common medical conditions affecting your digestion, such as acid reflux that may require further investigation of the oesophagus, such as by an endoscopy.
Both a colonoscopy and an endoscopy many carry a risk of perforation of the stomach, oesophagus or bowel.
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Common questions about Bowel and Oesophageal Perforation Claims
If you’ve suffered a perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel during a medical procedure, or if you have lost a loved one who had suffered a perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel you may also have a claim for medical negligence.
Sadly, perforations can happen during procedures, and not all perforations will be due to negligent care. To make a claim for medical negligence, you need to prove that your medical practitioner did not perform the procedure to the requisite standard of care.
Although, if a perforation occurs, you are likely to have been suffering symptoms that may not be explained by the procedure alone, such as a sudden or intense pain in the stomach and / or shoulder, pain on eating food, a feeling of nausea, and / or feeling hot or feverish. A prudent medical practitioner should be investigating such symptoms and investigating whether a perforation has in fact occurred. Failure to undertake these investigations, and to diagnose and correct the perforation, may be a failing in care on behalf of your medical practitioner.
Often, if detected and managed early, perforations can be easy to treat, whilst a delayed diagnosis of a perforation can cause very serious health conditions to occur such as sepsis, organ failure and ongoing bowel conditions, often requiring multiple surgical procedures, and at times requiring a colostomy.
If you believe you may have a claim and would like to find out from a qualified professional, read on.
If you’ve been wronged by a medical professional or facility, Shine Lawyers can help you make a compensation claim.
Most states and territories have a three-year time limit on medical compensation claims, so you should start yours as soon as possible. When you make a claim, you should aim to include every detail of the professional’s mistake and how it’s impacted your quality of life. You should include all the activities you’re no longer able to participate in and any changes to your emotional state (e.g. depression).
Shine’s medical negligence lawyers work on a “no win, no fee” basis, so you don’t have to pay us anything unless we win your case.
To get started visit https://www.shine.com.au/service/medical-negligence-lawyers
It doesn't matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office - we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.
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