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A colectomy—or bowel resection surgery—is a common but drastic surgery in which a piece of the bowel or intestine is removed from the body to treat an existing intestinal problem.
During a bowel resection, the surgeon removes the damaged portion of the bowel and then reattaches the rest of the colon when possible. Nearly 1 million bowel resections are performed each year in the United States.
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Recovery from a traditional bowel resection, which requires a large abdominal incision, can be lengthy, with hospital stays averaging one to two weeks followed by an additional six weeks of recovery. Recovery from a laparoscopic procedure might include less postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker return of bowel function.
However, recovery from a bowel resection may also include adverse effects. While fewer than 10% of people lose their life from a bowel resection surgery, complications may arise, and some of those complications may be the result of surgical errors.
Read on to learn about how an experienced legal and medical team like Janet, Janet & Suggs can help victims of medical malpractice seek compensation for severe bowel resection mistakes.
When Is a Bowel Resection Needed?
A patient may have one or any combination of reasons to need this surgery, including:
- Colorectal cancer
- Intestinal blockage
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Colon damage from injury
- Non-cancerous polyps and growths
- Problematic scar tissue
Bowel resection is the most effective treatment for invasive colon cancer, and it is effective most of the time for people with diverticulitis. For some diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, a bowel resection will not cure the disease but can have long-term beneficial effects on quality of life and—especially in children—growth and development.
In some cases, the surgeon is unable to reattach the colon during the bowel resection and needs to perform an additional procedure called a colostomy. This procedure is known for its accompanying colostomy bag—an external device attached to the patient’s abdomen that allows stool to pass from the colon to the bag rather than through the rectum. Sometimes, the colostomy bag is only temporary until the patient’s body heals.
What Are the Risks of a Bowel Resection?
Any surgical procedure comes with risks, whether from the procedure itself or the anesthesia required to perform it. Some of the risks of a bowel resection include:
- Problems breathing
- Heart attack
- Blood clots
- Organ damage
- Reopening of the resealed intestine
- Scar tissue, leading to intestinal blockage
While any of the above can be unfortunate but routine consequences from a bowel resection, doctors and nurses can make mistakes, increasing the risk of complications arising in the first place or the impact of adverse effects.
What Types of Bowel Resection Errors Result from Medical Malpractice?
While any violation of the standard of care may be considered medical malpractice, there are some common scenarios to look for to begin determining if you or a loved one has experienced a surgical error as a result of negligence:
- Failure to ensure adequate connection of the healthy tissue
- Failure to remove all unhealthy or damaged bowel
- Anesthesia injuries
- A missed diagnosis of bowel perforation
- Unnecessarily removing healthy bowel
Not all bowel resection injuries are the result of medical malpractice, but if your healthcare professionals violated standards of care, you may be eligible for compensation for the resulting physical, mental, and financial injuries.
How Can an Experienced Bowel Resection Error Lawyer Help?
Medical professionals may try to avoid being found negligent by emphasizing the risky nature of gastrointestinal procedures or pointing out existing conditions in the patients’ body, such as abdominal adhesions or polyps. However, doctors performing procedures involving the bowel are expected to recognize and address complications as they occur. When they fail to do so, an experienced medical malpractice lawyer may be able to prove negligence. Janet, Janet & Suggs represents medical malpractice cases with experienced and tenacious lawyers and in-house medical experts who provide:
- Legal experience. No matter how clear-cut a case may seem to the patient, many different factors can make cases more complex than they appear. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer knows how to litigate successfully during all stages of your case to fight for just compensation.
- Medical expertise. Medical malpractice cases are complex and specific, so this is not an area of law where a general practice lawyer will usually be successful. Both plaintiff and defendant will need testimony and evidence from medical experts, which means your lawyer will need to be familiar with the field of medicine. Proving a healthcare professional was negligent is crucial for compensation, which is why these cases need an experienced attorney from a law firm that specifically focuses on medical malpractice.
If you have been injured due to negligence during a bowel resection, you deserve to be compensated for your injury as well as the resulting medical bills and possibly non-economic damages. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will advocate for the compensation you deserve when you need it most.
Meet the Janet, Janet & Suggs’ Medical Malpractice Team
Howard Janet has uncovered medical mistakes that other lawyers have missed and represented clients throughout much of the country, recovering record-breaking results. He has authored multiple books, including Navigating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases as lead author and Patients’ Rights and Doctors’ Wrongs—Secrets to a Safer Pregnancy and Childbirth, which he co-authored with Dr. Giles Manley.
Ken Suggs served as president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as the American Association of Justice), the leading national plaintiff’s bar association, and has been a relentless advocate for his clients for over 40 years.
Dr. Giles Manley is a board-certified physician who practiced medicine for 20 years before becoming a medical malpractice attorney. He has won a number of seven-figure verdicts on behalf of his clients, combining his medical knowledge and legal experience to secure monumental victories for his clients.
Gerald Jowers represents patients who have been harmed by medical malpractice, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, recovering extraordinary results for clients and their families at the settlement table and in the courtroom.
Locations We Serve
The knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs proudly serve medical malpractice survivors and their families across the nation. Our attorneys are licensed to represent clients in nearly a dozen states and districts, including:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Washington, D.C.
However, our legal team's reach extends far beyond this list. Many of our attorneys have been granted court approval to practice in additional states nationwide.
Why Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs for Your Bowel Resection Malpractice Case?
JJS fights to get justice for medical malpractice victims nationwide, with a record of helping to secure multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. Because our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, we do not collect payment from you unless we win your case. Our commitment to proving negligent medical care and other harmful actions has resulted in historic justice for victims of malpractice. However, our track record of record-breaking verdicts and settlements is only one sign of our continued successes in getting clients justice.
We have also been recognized by a variety of leading organizations including Best Lawyers®, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, AV Preeminent Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell, and as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms. Many of our attorneys are also listed as Super Lawyers®. These recognitions from leading organizations reflect our continued commitment to working toward securing our clients’ futures when they have been harmed by medical malpractice.
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