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Malpractice Suit Blames Botched Colonoscopy


A woman in Virginia claims a 2009 colonoscopy caused her a number of medical problems. The 29-year-old woman is suing both the doctor and his employer for medical malpractice. New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers have learned she wants a jury trial and $5 million in damages.

The doctor, a gastroenterologist, performed the colonoscopy on June 23, 2009, investigating his patient’s complaints of persistent diarrhea, according to the complaint.

“[The doctor] knew before the colonoscopy that [the plaintiff] had great difficulty tolerating the ‘prep’ to clean out her colon and that she had severe left lower quadrant abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting,” NY Medical Malpractice Lawyers read in the complaint. “He prescribed Demoral for her pain and decided to proceed with the colonoscopy without first evaluating what was the cause of her severe pain.”

The suit went on to say that in attempting to bypass obstructions in the patient’s colon, he might have perforated her colon. Her condition worsened considerably after that.

The doctor had the patient admitted to the intensive care unit at Winchester Medical Center that afternoon.

Another colonoscopy, with the patient under sedation, was performed two days later. According to the suit, the colon was perforated there, as well.

“Shortly after the second procedure, the patient had more episodes of vomiting brown material, and she likely aspirated fecal content into her lungs,” the complaint stated.

The patient claims the doctor used “an ill-advised initial colonoscopy without investigating her pain.” According to the suit, a CT scan would have revealed the patient required surgery in the first place.

According to the patient, the doctor did not ask for her consent before any of the procedures, nor did he describe risks or alternatives. He also caused internal injuries that led to sepsis and failed to protect her from the lingering medical effects. Hospitals and doctors in Nassau and Suffolk Counties must be on guard for this type of negligence.

As a result, the suit claims the woman has a perforated colon, acute respiratory difficulties, sepsis syndrome, kidney failure, liver injury, a bleeding disorder, and even a failure in multiple organs that lead to bleeding in the brain. Part of her skull had to be removed to relieve the pressure.

Do you or a loved one need legal assistance in a matter where someone else injured you? New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers stand by to assist. Your case is important and only a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer can properly represent your interests in a court of law. The firm of Stephen Bilkis & Associates and its New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers with convenient locations in the New York Metropolitan Area, including Brooklyn, NY, can be of invaluable assistance to you if you find yourself a victim of medical malpractice. Enduring pain, disfigurement and financial anguish without professional representation is not the path you should choose.

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