Failure to properly diagnose or treat gastrointestinal (GI) problems can cause life-threatening complications, diseases, injuries and wrongful death. The medical malpractice attorneys at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC, understand the issues involved in GI malpractice. We have achieved positive results for clients in a wide range of GI malpractice lawsuits. Sometimes a stomach ache is just a stomach ache. Other times it’s cancer, or Crohn’s disease or an appendix that’s about to burst.
Failure to Diagnose or Wrong Diagnosis
An incorrect diagnosis, particularly a cancer misdiagnosis, can threaten the life of a patient. When a doctor fails to correctly diagnose a disease such as cancer, therapy cannot begin when it is most effective — when the condition is in its earliest stages. Our law firm has represented clients who developed colon cancer, anal cancer, throat cancer and other diseases because of failure to diagnose a GI condition.
Diagnosing and treating diseases of the gastrointestinal system often involves invasive tests, such as colonoscopy or endoscopy. Mistakes in performing these procedures can lead to perforations or a failure to diagnose conditions that can lead to cancer. Both conditions are life threatening.
Mistakes in Treatment
Crohn’s disease, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome are sometimes treated with steroids. Excessive steroid use is a form of GI malpractice that can lead to avascular necrosis, a condition that destroys the shoulder, hip or knees joints.
GI Surgical Malpractice
Our attorneys also represent clients who were seriously injured during gastric bypass surgery, also called bariatric surgery. Designed to help obese patients lose weight, these surgeries are complex and have a high risk of complications. While techniques for gastric bypass surgery are improving, malpractice can still occur. Post-surgical infections are among the most frequent complications.
In some patients, portions of the intestines must be surgically removed. If the surgeon fails to cut away enough of the diseased portion of the intestine or doesn’t reattach the pieces correctly, intestinal leakage and infection can occur.
These are just a few examples of GI malpractice. If you were seriously injured by medical negligence, please contact our law firm to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation. Our medical malpractice lawyers represent clients throughout the state.