Punctured Organ during surgery

Does A Punctured Organ During A Surgery Count As Medical Malpractice?

19 April

Can you sue a doctor or surgeon for puncturing or perforating your organ, and is it considered medical malpractice from a legal standpoint? Unfortunately, cases when negligent medical errors lead to punctured organs and, as a result, organ failure are not unheard of in Hawaii or elsewhere in the United States.

That is why we invited our Hawaii organ failure attorney Jed Kurzban to explain how you can sue your surgeon for puncturing your organs or otherwise causing harm to your precious organs during a surgery or medical treatment.

Can you sue for a punctured organ?

When we sign an informed consent for a surgery, we generally expect the surgeon or doctor to be well-trained, skilled, and super careful when performing the procedure. Unfortunately, there are many unqualified, incompetent, and inadequately trained surgeons out there who can not only cause catastrophic injuries but also kill you.

Not to mention that even the most competent and qualified doctor can make a negligent medical mistake every once in a while. Medical errors, and surgical errors such as punctured organs specifically, may automatically make the negligent health care provider liable for your injuries and damages caused by the error.

That is what Hawaii’s medical malpractice laws are for. If a surgeon causes minor, severe or life-threatening injuries as a result of a punctured organ, you will most likely be able to sue the responsible medical professional and, possibly, other parties contributing to the error, and get a monetary compensation.

Since hospitals – and surgeons, for that matter – are generally represented by the best lawyers in the nation, it is highly advised to hire a Hawaii medical malpractice attorney when filing a lawsuit for your organ failure or organ damage during a surgery, diagnosis or medical treatment.

Signs of a punctured and damaged organ after a surgery

A punctured organ can be particularly life-threatening, as organ perforations can cause internal bleeding, a serious infection or even lead to organ failure and a fatal outcome. In order to determine whether or not a surgical error can be considered medical malpractice, speak to a Hawaii organ failure lawyer at the Kurzban Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.

Fact: surgical errors are the most common reason why injured patients in Hawaii and elsewhere in the U.S. file medical malpractice lawsuits.

One of the reasons why patients with punctured organs after a surgery may suffer irreparable damage or even die is their failure to recognize the organ perforation symptoms.

Normally, puncturing an organ – be it the stomach, bowel, intestine, bladder, and others – causes peritonitis, which is an inflammation of the tissue between the inner wall of the abdomen and the organs in the abdomen. If left untreated, peritonitis can lead to death.

If you experience any of the following symptoms after a surgery, seek immediate medical attention because one of your organs may have been punctured during the procedure:

  • Extreme and acute abdominal pain
  • Abnormal bloating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever and excessive thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased urine output; and
  • Decrease in the frequency of bowel movements.

Holding the surgeon liable for medical malpractice

In order to treat peritonitis and other life-threatening consequences of a punctured organ, an additional surgery may be required to repair the underlying perforation. This translates into additional medical bills, which must be covered by the negligent surgeon who punctured your organ in the first place. The failure to treat peritonitis or leaving punctured organs untreated may lead to organ failure.

Contact the Kurzban Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A. to get a free consultation about your particular case. Do not let a negligent medical professional get away with his/her negligent act, recklessness, or omission to act. Call our Hawaii offices at 808-800-2445 or fill out this contact form for a free case evaluation.

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While this website provides general information, it does not constitute legal advice. The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with an attorney, please contact us.

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