New York Intestinal Obstruction Misdiagnosis Lawyers
Representing Patients Injured by Medical Mistakes
Intestinal obstruction is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the small or large intestine becomes partially or completely blocked. Despite its severity and telltale symptoms, doctors sometimes misdiagnose intestinal obstruction, leading to delayed treatment or even unnecessary surgeries. Such errors can have devastating consequences for patients and their families, including prolonged recovery times, permanent damage to the digestive system, and in some cases, death.
At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we understand the impact that a misdiagnosis of intestinal obstruction can have on your life, well-being, and finances. Our attorneys are here to help you hold negligent healthcare providers accountable and recover compensation for your injuries. We have a long history of taking challenging medical malpractice cases and finding a way to win.
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What is Intestinal Obstruction?
Intestinal obstruction occurs when there is a partial or complete blockage in the small or large intestine, which can lead to severe pain, vomiting, constipation, and other potentially life-threatening symptoms.
Several causes of intestinal obstruction are:
- Adhesions from previous surgeries
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Introduction of foreign objects
- Severe injury to the lower abdomen
How Intestinal Obstruction Misdiagnoses Happen
Medical malpractice and misdiagnosis can occur when healthcare providers fail to recognize the signs and symptoms of intestinal obstruction or misinterpret diagnostic tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or ultrasounds. When doctors make these errors in diagnosis or treatment, patients may suffer from delayed care or unnecessary surgeries that can worsen their condition. In some cases, these errors can even be fatal.
Generally speaking, an intestinal obstruction misdiagnosis could be interpreted as medical malpractice if another reasonable doctor or medical professional would not have made the same mistakes in the same situation. Do you suspect that might have happened to you or your loved one? Speak with a member of our firm right away by dialing (800) 817-5029.
Proving Malpractice in an Intestinal Obstruction Misdiagnosis Case
If you or a loved one has suffered from an intestinal obstruction misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, the defendant or defendants — such as an individual practitioner and the medical institution that employed them — won’t be eager to admit fault and provide that compensation. Winning a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York is often challenging and requires a strong legal strategy that can convincingly prove where liability lies.
Establishing four elements of medical malpractice is important for an intestinal obstruction misdiagnosis claim or lawsuit:
- Duty of care: The first important element is the duty of care, which means the healthcare provider had a legal obligation to provide competent medical care to the patient.
- Breach of duty: The second element is proving that the healthcare provider breached their duty of care by failing to diagnose or treat the intestinal obstruction properly. This can include errors such as failing to order appropriate diagnostic tests, misinterpreting test results, or delaying treatment.
- Causation: The third element is demonstrating that the healthcare provider's breach of duty caused the patient's injuries. In other words, it must be shown that if not for the healthcare provider's error, the patient would not have suffered the injury, illness, or harm in question.
- Damages: Finally, it should be proven that the patient suffered damages as a result of the healthcare provider's error. These damages can include physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages and earning capacity, medical expenses, and more.
Who Can Be Liable for Intestinal Obstruction Misdiagnosis?
Several parties may potentially be held liable for damages in an intestinal obstruction malpractice lawsuit, including:
- Healthcare providers: The most common defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits are healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses, and surgeons. If the healthcare provider breached their duty of care by failing to diagnose or treat the intestinal obstruction properly, they could be held liable for damages.
- Medical staff: Medical staff such as radiologists or technologists who fail to properly perform diagnostic tests that would have identified the obstruction may also face liability.
- Medical facilities: Hospitals and medical facilities can also be held liable if they failed to adequately train their staff, implement policies that would have prevented the misdiagnosis, or maintain necessary diagnostic equipment.
Let Us Represent You from Start to Finish
If you or your loved one has suffered from an intestinal obstruction misdiagnosis in New York, you should tell the attorneys of Simonson Goodman Platzer PC about it. We are here to help you throughout the entire process, no matter how tricky or complex the situation becomes.
To make things simpler, let us help you with:
- Free consultations: We offer free consultations to discuss the details of your case and provide legal advice on whether you have grounds to file a lawsuit. This consultation lets you take an important first step without first reaching for your wallet.
- Investigations: If we determine that you have grounds to file an intestinal obstruction malpractice lawsuit, our team can investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury, such as reviewing all relevant medical records, consulting with medical experts, and gathering evidence to support your claim.
- Building your case: Based on our investigation, we can build a strong case designed to maximize your compensation. Ideally, we will be able to negotiate for a fair settlement once the defendant sees that our case is too strong to refute.
- Litigation: If necessary, we can take your case to court and litigate on your behalf. Our attorneys are experienced in handling complex medical malpractice cases in New York courts.
Our New York intestinal obstruction misdiagnosis attorneys are dedicated to providing compassionate legal representation while fighting tirelessly for justice. If you believe that you have been injured due to medical negligence, please dial (800) 817-5029 for a free consultation.
New York Intestinal Obstruction Misdiagnosis FAQ
- What is an intestinal obstruction?
An intestinal obstruction occurs when there is a blockage that prevents food, liquid, or gas from passing through the small or large intestine. This blockage can be caused by a variety of factors such as scar tissue, tumors, hernias, or impacted feces.
- What are the symptoms of intestinal obstruction?
The symptoms of intestinal obstruction may include abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, inability to pass gas or stool, and loss of appetite. In severe cases, intestinal obstruction can cause bowel perforation which can lead to sepsis and other life-threatening complications.
- How is an intestinal obstruction diagnosed?
Intestinal obstruction is typically diagnosed through imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or ultrasounds. A doctor may also perform a physical exam to check for abdominal tenderness and listen for bowel sounds.
- Can a medical provider be held liable for misdiagnosing an intestinal obstruction?
If a medical provider fails to diagnose or treat an intestinal obstruction properly and this leads to injuries or complications for the patient, it could be possible to hold that medical provider liable for medical malpractice. However, proving medical malpractice requires demonstrating that the medical provider breached their duty of care by failing to provide treatment that meets accepted standards in their field. If you believe you have been injured due to misdiagnosis or improper treatment for intestinal obstruction, it's important to consult with experienced medical malpractice attorneys who can review your case and determine whether you have grounds for legal action.