In the United States, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of death. Colonoscopies are an essential part of diagnosing colon cancer. However, colonoscopies can result in serious or sometimes fatal injuries if not completed correctly. A colonoscopy is a procedure conducted by a gastroenterologist to assess the large intestine for polyps, inflammation, and bacteria. According to the American Cancer Society, people age 50 and over should be screened regularly for colon cancer.
Some of the complications associated with colonoscopies include:
- Perforation of the colon – This occurs from an instrument tearing the wall of the colon.
- Cardiopulmonary difficulties – Ordinarily this occurs as a result of complications associated with the local anesthesia.
- Bleeding – This often occurs as a result of a puncture in the bowel.
- Allergic reaction – This can happen due to medication, anesthesia, latex, iodine, or ointments used on the scope that is inserted into the rectum.
- Infection – This may happen if the instruments such as the scope are not properly sanitized.
- Gas explosion – While this is very rare, there is still a possibility that a gas explosion can occur causing the colon to explode. This happens when a combination of gasses present in the colon interact with the electrical instruments that are used during the procedure.
These serious complications are often the result of medical negligence due to:
- Improper training;
- Failing to diagnose or treat a complication in a timely manner;
- Failing to examine a patient’s medical history;
- Distractions; and
- Lack of experience.
Those injured during a colonoscopy may have a claim for medical negligence. Medical negligence during a colonoscopy occurs when there is a failure to provide the same adequate and appropriate care that a reasonably prudent medical professional would provide, and as a result of this failure, the patient sustains injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical negligence during a routine colonoscopy, it is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. The New York medical malpractice lawyers at Levine & Slavit, PLLC have over 60 years of experience representing clients in medical malpractice actions, including surgical injuries, failure to diagnose, and hospital negligence. With offices conveniently located in New York City and Long Island, Levine & Slavit, PLLC represents clients throughout Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and both Nassau County and Suffolk County. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York medical malpractice lawyers, call (888)-LAW-8088.