Infections after Colonoscopies: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains

Infections after Colonoscopies Could be Due to Medical Errors: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Shares Important Information


Colonoscopies are unpleasant, but they are very important preventative care.  They are also relatively safe and result in very few complications.  The main risks are actually due to the anesthetic used, in addition to the risk of bleeding, abrasion, or perforation due to the use of the scope.  These are rare though, but generally an accepted risk of the procedure.  In addition, an infection caused after a colonoscopy is also an accepted risk due to these possible complications.  However, if you contracted an infection after a colonoscopy, you should still speak with our Portland medical malpractice lawyer.


This is because, while the risk of infection after a colonoscopy is a normal and accepted risk, many times that infection should be immediately identified and treated.  In fact, sometimes the infection could be just treated with antibiotics and it would be completely taken care of.  This is why the infection is an accepted risk, and not really a big issue resulting in medical malpractice.


However, there are two ways that the infection could be due to medical malpractice.  The first is the misdiagnosis of the infection.  This is because, while a patient accepts or assumes the risk of an infection after a colonoscopy, a patient does not accept or assume the risk of being misdiagnosed of the infection.  Meaning, a patient acknowledges there could be an infection.  But the patient expects that the infection is treated within the standard of care and is not misdiagnosed, delayed in diagnosis, or undiagnosed.  A patient does not consent to a healthcare provider’s medical negligence, errors, carelessness, or recklessness in treating a subsequent infection.  An infection that is allowed to fester can become very dangerous and result in serious personal injury, including sepsis which results in horrible complications, organ damage, or even amputations.


The second is what is causing the infection.  While a perforation, laceration, abrasion, or bleeding is an accepted risk of a colonoscopy, this needs to be properly treated.  If a healthcare provider caused a perforation and fails to detect it, or causes a perforation and improperly repairs it, this could result in very serious injury to a patient.  If the doctor ends the colonoscopy without performing the necessary repair or detecting the damage done, this will cause an infection due to this reckless, careless, or negligent conduct.  Thus, while a perforation or infection are common risks, not detecting or fixing the perforation could be medical malpractice and the subsequent infection could be medical malpractice.


Individuals Who Suffer from an Infection After a Colonoscopy May be Victims of Oregon Medical Malpractice


Anytime a patient suffers an infection after a colonoscopy, particularly and infection which is severe, without cause, or damaging, patients should call a Portland medical malpractice lawyer to ensure their rights are protected.  We handle cases throughout Oregon, including anywhere in Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Vancouver, Washington, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Corvallis, Coos Bay, Astoria, Redmond, Sisters, Madras, Prineville, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our law main office is located.


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