A colonoscopy is an examination of the large bowel and some parts of the small bowel. The examination is done through the use of a camera or fiber optic device mounted on flexible tube, inserted through the rectum. The procedure is done in order to help early detection of certain conditions, such as inflammatory bowel diseases, intestinal polyps, ulcers, and various types of cancer. Colonoscopies are often common for older patients and for those experiencing bowel-related symptoms.
Are There Any Injuries or Side Effects Associated with Colonoscopies?
Colonoscopies are considered standard procedure for certain medical conditions. However, they can often be associated with various side effects and injuries, including:
- Cramping/abdominal swelling due to the air used in inflating the colon during the procedure
- Injuries to the intestinal wall, including perforation or bleeding
- Various types of infections
- Difficulties with the preparation process (usually involves fasting and ingestion of laxatives)
- Injuries or side effects resulting from sedation
Colonoscopy injuries are often similar to other types of scope-related procedures, including duodenoscope and sigmoidoscopy examinations.
Can I Recover Damages for a Colonoscopy Injury?
Colonoscopy injuries may sometimes require legal action so that the injured party can obtain a legal remedy. This usually involves some sort of damages award, which is intended to compensate for losses such as additional medical bills. Colonoscopy lawsuits can be brought for a number of reasons, including:
- Product liability issues (for instance, if any of the instruments used in the procedure are defective)
- Medical malpractice
- Failure to diagnose/diagnosis error issues, especially if the doctor or medical professional conducting the exam does not realize or notify the patient of complications that arise during the procedure
The amount of recovery available in a colonoscopy lawsuit may vary from state to state. Some states enforce caps or limits on medical malpractice awards.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with a Colonoscopy Lawsuit?
Colonoscopy injuries can often be serious and may lead to additional complications with other bodily systems. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need any legal advice, assistance, or guidance with an injury claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal research and representation for your particular case. Also, if you need to appear in court, your lawyer can be on hand to guide you through that process as well.