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What are my rights if my doctor perforated my bowels during gallbladder surgery?

What are my rights if my doctor perforated my bowels during gallbladder surgery?

Gallbladder removal is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States. Unfortunately, like any other surgery, it also comes with the risk that a doctor can make an error and you can suffer serious injuries and complications. One such complication is perforation of the bowels, which can cause intense pain and can cause the intestinal tract contents to leak out into your abdominal cavity. This is considered to be a surgical emergency and often requires additional surgeries to repair and significant rehabilitative treatment.

If your doctor acted negligently and perforated your bowels, you are likely entitled to substantial compensation and you should discuss your case with a Sacramento surgical error lawyer as soon as possible.

Negligence can lead to surgical errors

Doctors are not held responsible for every error they make during surgery, as some may be honest mistakes. However, if a doctor acts in a negligent manner, a surgical error will likely rise to the level of medical malpractice. The following are some ways that a doctor may be negligent and cause serious surgical errors:

  • Operate while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Operate while overly fatigued
  • Perform a procedure without proper knowledge or training
  • Not pay adequate attention to what they are doing during the surgery
  • Have unqualified or improperly trained surgical assistants
  • Failure to sterilize all equipment and staff members
  • Not providing necessary post-operative care and monitoring

These are only a few examples of ways a doctor may make serious mistakes and cause injury during surgery.

Individuals who are the victims of surgical errors often require extensive treatment that they otherwise would not have required. Fortunately, California law allows victims of medical malpractice to recover for their losses including unnecessary medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and more. The law sets out a strict statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases, however, so you should not delay in contacting an attorney about your rights today.

Contact a surgical error attorney in Sacramento for a free consultation today

At the Teal Law Group, our team of experienced attorneys are committed to standing up for the legal rights of victims of surgical errors and other forms of medical malpractice. We offer free consultations and will help you through every stage of the legal process, so please contact our office for help today.