A ruptured bowel can have serious consequences and can have an immense impact on your life. Ruptured bowels can be caused during an operation, or by appendicitis, stomach ulcers, stomach cancer or trauma to the abdomen, such as stab wounds. Symptoms can include nausea, high temperature, severe vomiting and intense abdominal pain, but these symptoms could be indicative of many other, less serious illnesses or conditions, so failure to diagnose a ruptured bowel is not uncommon. Left undiagnosed, a ruptured bowel can cause peritonitis, a severe infection which, if not treated immediately with surgery and antibiotics, can cause a painful death within a few days. Even if treated promptly, peritonitis can cause complications such as scarring, which can lead to abdominal pain in the future, or intestinal obstructions which may mean further surgery is needed. A ruptured bowel almost always requires surgery and treatment with antibiotics to prevent peritonitis. Serious ruptures may mean a colostomy bag needs to be fitted. This is worn outside the body and removes waste from the bowel – it is normally a temporary measure and once the bowel has healed, further surgery is needed to repair it. Failure to diagnose a ruptured bowel or delay in diagnosis could have serious implications and could even cause a fatality.
Have you suffered from a ruptured bowel?
It can take months to recover from surgery for a ruptured bowel and if you have contracted peritonitis, you may experience long-term abdominal pain from scarring. If you feel that medical negligence has occurred, you could claim compensation. Failure to diagnose a ruptured bowel is a serious situation and by discussing what happened with a personal injury lawyer, you will be in a better position to decide whether you’re eligible to make a claim. The amount of money you receive in settlement of your claim will depend on a number of factors, including pain and suffering caused, any future care costs and loss of earnings.
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