Esophageal Perforation

Esophageal Perforation Esophagus Malpractice: An esophageal perforation is a hole in the esophagus allowing the esophagus’ contents to collect within the surrounding chest area.

An esophageal perforation is a hole in the esophagus allowing the esophagus’ contents to collect within the surrounding chest area. This injury can cause lead to death, making surgery imperative within 24 hours of the perforation occurring. A vast majority of all esophageal perforations are caused by negligent medical treatment. Legally speaking, actions incurred by the patient can contribute to the negligence, for example: ingesting something toxic, ingesting foreign bodies, or chronic and violent vomiting. It is also possible for these perforations to occur for medical reasons such as tumors or ulcers stemming from acid reflex.

Esophageal Perforation Caused by Medical Negligence

Unless a patient has somehow caused a perforation or the damage came about due to an unusual medical condition, it is likely that medical negligence was the reason for the esophageal perforation. Quite often these injuries can occur during various medical procedures, such as an esophagoscopy in which a thin, lighted tube is used to examine the esophagus.

Proving Medical Negligence

Before a person can prove that their perforated esophagus was the result of medical negligence, they have to provide the following burden of proof:

Professional Legal Assistance

A patient cannot expect to prove all of these points regarding the medical negligence without help. The assistance of an experienced attorney and a medical expert witness working together to build a feasible claim is the best way to prove that a patient has a viable case. A patient who has suffered an esophageal perforation should contact a medical malpractice attorney following either the incident itself or subsequent treatment occurs.