Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers recently settled a case prior to filing a lawsuit against a Washtenaw County hospital. The claim involved the hospital and its physicians’ failures to recognize that a patient, who had just recently donated her kidney to her niece, was suffering from a small bowel obstruction as a result of the transplant surgery. Although the patient had symptoms that should have been recognized as being consistent with a small bowel obstruction and had contacted the hospital several times with such complaints, she was incorrectly advised that she was simply experiencing post-operative pain. When the patient returned to the hospital due to her ongoing abdominal pain, a CT scan was performed demonstrating a herniation of her small intestine, but such scan was misinterpreted as being normal, and the patient was sent home.
The diagnosis of a small bowel obstruction is made based upon the complaints, symptoms, and presentation of the patient. It is essential that a physician take a detailed history from the patient and perform a proper physical examination to diagnose this condition. A misdiagnosis of bowel obstruction can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In addition to the symptoms and complaints, there are several tests and studies that are used by doctors to make the diagnosis of a bowel obstruction. These include abdominal x-rays, CT scans, ultrasonography, and blood tests. It is essential that a physician who suspects that a patient is suffering from a bowel obstruction perform these tests immediately. When diagnosed, emergency surgery is often necessary in conjunction with IV anti-biotics, give both before and after surgery.
In our case, due to the delay in properly diagnosing her condition and performing emergency surgery, a large portion of the patient’s small intestine had to be surgically and permanently removed. The claim alleged that the hospital and physicians’ failure to properly diagnose and immediately treat the patient’s small bowel obstruction resulted in her sustaining several weeks of pain and suffering, undergoing an extensive surgery which resulted in her losing more than one foot of her small bowel, and being at increased risk for future bowel complications. Our Michigan Medical Malpractice attorneys were able to settle the case prior to filing a Complaint in Washtenaw County Circuit Court for a confidential settlement amount.
If you or your loved one suffers serious injuries due to the delay in diagnosis and treatment of a bowel obstruction, or the physicians failure to properly diagnose the condition, it may give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. If a patient dies as a result, this warrants the filing of a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. For more information about these types of cases and to speak with one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers about your case, call now at (800) 606-1717. There are strict time limitations for filing these types of lawsuits so it’s important you contact us immediately after the improper diagnosis. We will discuss your case with you and start collecting all medical records and evidence to prove and win your case. Call today for your free consultation!