Monday, 28 of May of 2018

Cut and Perforated Bowels or Ureters Can Cause Life-Threatening Injuries

If a surgeon negligently cuts/perforates one of these vital organs, a patient can suffer serious injuries, and may even develop sepsis, a life-threatening condition. Why are cuts/nicks/perforations to organs so dangerous? Because this may lead to an opening that allows the contents of a patient’s bowel and/or stomach to spill out into the patient’s abdomen. It’s awful to visualize such an occurrence, but cut/perforated organs are not uncommon.

By Jim Lewis, VA Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Surgeons who perform medical procedures like hysterectomies or abdominal surgery, must take great care to avoid cutting, nicking or entirely perforating (meaning damaging by cutting) the patient’s bowel, colon or ureter.

If a surgeon negligently cuts or perforates one of these vital organs, a patient can suffer serious injuries, and may even develop sepsis, a life-threatening condition. Why are cuts/nicks/perforations to organs so dangerous? Because this may lead to an opening that allows the contents of a patient’s bowel and/or stomach to spill out into the patient’s abdomen. It’s awful to visualize such an occurrence, but cut/perforated organs are not uncommon.

We recently represented a client in Newport News, Virginia (VA) who suffered a medical malpractice injury by her obstetrician/gynecologist during a hysterectomy. The OB/GYN performed the procedure laparoscopically thereby avoiding having to make a large abdominal incision. The problem with laparoscopy is that the ability to see the operative field is somewhat limited. The OB/GYN negligently cut our client’s ureter during the operation and did not realize he had done so. As our client got sicker, it was determined that her ureter was injured and numerous surgical procedures were required to correct this injury. We were able to show that the OB/GYN could have avoided this medical error injury with a simple, inexpensive test. This led to a $400,000 settlement for our client.

If you or a loved one suffered a cut or perforated organ like a ureter, colon or bowel, consult an attorney right away. In many instances, this type of injury could have been prevented if the surgeon had been more careful.

To learn more about surgical errors, check out this free consumer report listing the top 5 surgical errors that occur far too often:

Don’t Become a Victim: Top 5 Surgical Errors to Be Aware Of Before Surgery

Also, take a moment to review our FAQs about medical malpractice and surgical mistakes:

  • What is the Virginia statute of limitations for personal injury in a medical malpractice case?
  • What is the Virginia Medical Malpractice Cap and What Does It Mean to a Patient Injured by a Medical Mistake?
  • Is there a way to check out my doctor or surgeon before choosing one?

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law, and we have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes, nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free, initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message and we will return your call promptly. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC).  Our lawyers hold licenses in NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as pro bono public information services.


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