Peptic ulcers can be painful and cause serious discomfort for a patient. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury related to the diagnosis or treatment of a peptic ulcer, you may be able to recover damages through a medical malpractice claim. At our firm, we believe that medical professionals should provide competent care to each and every patient. When this does not happen and you suffer harm, we will help you hold the negligent medical professional accountable.
What is a Peptic Ulcer?
Peptic ulcers, also known as stomach ulcers, are quite common and affect approximately 4 million Americans every year. A peptic ulcer is a lesion of the digestive tract, generally in the stomach or duodenum caused by the digestive action of pepsin and stomach acid. In other words, peptic ulcers refer to open sores that grow on the inner lining of your stomach and the upper part of your small intestine. The most common symptom associated with peptic ulcers is stomach pain associated with indigestion and gas.
A perforated ulcer occurs when an ulcer is untreated and burns past the wall of the stomach or other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, permitting digestive fluids and acid to spill into the abdominal cavity. The first symptom of a perforated peptic ulcer is typically an abrupt, serious, sharp pain in the stomach. A perforated ulcer will typically require immediate surgery.
Liability in Peptic Ulcer Injury Cases
If you have suffered serious health consequences or lost a loved one due to an undiagnosed stomach ulcer, you may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice is a complex area of law that allows patients who suffer preventable harm at the hands of their healthcare providers to sue for monetary damages. In New York, a medical malpractice claim is appropriate when a patient suffers an injury as a direct result of a medical professional’s failure to adhere to the level of care that a reasonably competent medical professional would have used under the same or similar circumstances. Since every case is different, the level of care that is expected in a particular case will depend on a variety of factors.
Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
Once medical malpractice is established, an injured patient may be able to recover compensation for a variety of losses arising from the malpractice. Common examples include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, therapy costs, cost of future care and more.
Skilled Syracuse Malpractice Attorney
If you have been harmed by a medical professional’s failure to identify or treat a peptic ulcer, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our seasoned Syracuse medical malpractice attorneys are committed to getting our clients the compensation they deserve for their harm. With years of experience practicing New York medical malpractice law, we know how to protect your rights in these cases. If you would like legal advice at no cost, please call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
More Blog Posts:
Migraines/Headaches and Medical Malpractice in Syracuse, Syracuse Personal Injury Blog, October 17, 2018
Man Killed in New York Motorcycle-Car Accident, Syracuse Personal Injury Blog, October 12, 2018
20 People Killed in Upstate New York Limo Crash, Syracuse Personal Injury Blog, October 5, 2018