Bowel Injury Following Abdominal Surgery

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
May 15, 2024

Negligent surgical errors frequently lead to various serious complications, amongst which are bowel injuries. Bowel injuries can have long-lasting and severe side effects. Nobody should have to suffer the physical and financial consequences of a reckless medical care provider. When you undergo surgery, you deserve a certain standard of care. If your surgeon injures you out of recklessness or negligence, you may be owed damages for your suffering. 

If you have recently sustained a bowel injury following abdominal surgery, our Houston, Texas surgical error lawyers can help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve and need to heal. Contact Davis & Davis today to learn more about these injuries and how exactly our legal team can help you. 

Bowel Injury Following Abdominal Surgery

When it comes to the gallbladder and other types of bowel and abdominal surgeries, doctors are required to “run the bowel,” or examine every part of the intestine to ensure that there are no tears, holes, or perforations before closing you up. This is a normal part of the procedure to prevent peritonitis, a serious and possibly fatal post-surgical infection.

And while sometimes a nicked bowel cannot be helped and may not be enough to demonstrate medical malpractice, surgeons are required to perform due diligence and look out for symptoms of infection. Failure to follow through on this and carefully monitor a patient’s recovery may result in injury or death from sepsis if nothing is done. The longer the condition goes untreated, the more hazardous the possible outcome.

If you have been injured as a result of bowel injury following surgery, we urge you to get in touch with a Houston, Texas medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

How a Bowel Injury Attorney Can Help

Navigating the aftermath of a medical malpractice claim will take time, effort, and knowledge you may not have the ability to expend after a bowel injury. When you partner with a dedicated Houston bowel surgical error attorney from a firm like Davis & Davis, you are giving yourself the opportunity to focus on resting and recovering while your Houston bowel surgical error lawyer helps with the following: 

Collecting Evidence

In order to establish liability and prove negligence has occurred, your Houston surgical error attorney must first conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your accident. For bowel injury cases, examples of relevant evidence can include detailed medical records showing the intended surgery and what exactly occurred during the process, employee timesheets, testimony from coworkers, and expert opinions. 

Much of this evidence is time-sensitive, so it is imperative you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. 

Establishing Liability

Using the gathered evidence, your surgeon can be held liable for their reckless or negligent actions. When you enter the surgeon’s care, you expect a certain duty of diligence and professionalism. This is identified as the standard of care. When this care is breached, either due to understaffing, being overworked, showing up to work intoxicated, or other careless actions, you run the risk of injury, including bowel injury. 

When their breach of care directly causes damages, they may be held accountable for their actions legally. 

Filing Your Claim

Texas currently has a two-year statute of limitations for all medical malpractice claims. This means that you have two years from the date of the injury to file your claim. If you do not file your claim on time, you run the risk of having your claim dismissed due to the imposed deadline. However, when you have a knowledgeable Houston bowel surgical error attorney handling all of your documentation for you, you do not have to worry about missing the deadline. 

They can also ensure your claim possesses all of the necessary paperwork to accurately represent the extent of your losses. A common outcome for filing a claim without a bowel injury attorney is a low settlement offer from the insurance company. This is often due to inadequate representation of your medical costs and the insurance company potentially identifying an issue as pre-existing. The team at Davis & Davis will use every resource available to fight for a high settlement that includes both economic and non-economic damages. 

Contact Our Texas Surgical Malpractice Firm Today

If you have been injured due to surgical errors at a Texas hospital, our firm is prepared to fight for your rights. Our people-first approach to the world of medical malpractice means you have access to a steadfast bowel injury attorney every step of the way, from the initial consultation to the final settlement. We are here to alleviate any questions, concerns, or stresses you may have about hiring a Houston bowel surgical error attorney to help with your claim.  

Contact an experienced Houston bowel surgical error lawyer from Davis & Davis today for a free consultation by calling (888) 522-9444 or through our contact form. Davis & Davis proudly accepts referrals from Texas attorneys and law firms nationwide.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

May 15 2024

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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