Diverticulitis is an infection of outpouchings that develop
in the large colon. It is a common condition, but can be deadly if misdiagnosed
or not treated properly. The infection can progress to the point where the
colon perforates, allowing stool to leak into the patient’s free abdomen
causing sepsis. If that happens, life-saving emergency surgery is required.
In this case, a diverticulitis patient had clear signs of a
perforated colon. Despite these clear signs, her physicians failed to recognize
the problem in a timely manner. When they finally did diagnose and treat the
perforation, the patient was found to have two liters of stool in her abdomen.
This caused her to develop sepsis and multi-system organ failure, which
ultimately caused her death.
According to Joseph J. Manna, a senior partner at Lipsitz
Green Scime Cambria, the woman’s death was avoidable. “It was a tragic and
unnecessary death that should have been prevented,” he explained. Mr. Manna
represented the woman’s family in the case and was able to secure a $1,450,000
settlement for them. Mr. Manna was recently honored with the Lifetime
Achievement Award from America’s Top 100 Lawyers and has been named to The Best
Lawyers in America as well as Super Lawyers for the past several years.
Who to call
If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical
malpractice, the effects on your life can be devastating. Injuries from medical
malpractice can be life-threatening and the cost of additional procedures can
put considerable financial strain on you and your family. Contacting an
experienced medical malpractice attorney is an important step in the process of
rebuilding your life. Mr. Manna and the medical malpractice attorneys at
Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria have the compassion necessary to guide you through
the process and the knowledge necessary to take on the huge insurance companies
representing negligent doctors to get you the results you deserve. Contact the
attorneys at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria today.