Although it does not always develop into pancreatitis, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) estimates that 75% of ERCP patients experience an increase in pancreatic enzymes after an ERCP procedure.
Be Informed about ERCP
If your physician has suggested an ERCP, we advise you to learn everything you can about the procedure, its risks, and the alternatives that may be available for you. Life-threatening complications can arise from an ERCP procedure. If you or a loved one has suffered health complications from an ERCP procedure, it is important that you know your legal rights.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat certain afflictions of the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
There are several ERCP alternatives that may provide the same diagnostic capabilities as an ERCP procedure.
Misdiagnosis, failure to inform of a less invasive ERCP alternative, or intestine perforation are several unfortunate ERCP malpractice cases that arise every day.
Complications from an ERCP
ERCP patients can suffer significant complications and even death, as a result of a negligent or inexperienced physician. A misdiagnosis, or the availability of an alternative and less invasive test, or the accidental perforation of the wall of the intestine during the procedure are among the countless of unfortunate medical malpractice situations that arise each and every day from an ERCP. Complications and mistakes such as these require the expertise of an accomplished and dedicated medical malpractice attorney.
Below is a brief overview of some areas for potential compensation:
- DISFIGUREMENT, MENTAL ANGUISH, LOSS OF CAPACITY FOR ENJOYMENT OF LIFE, DISABILITY, PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT, PAIN & SUFFERING: This is compensation for the human damages suffered as a result of medical negligence. Recovery can be sought for both the damage sustained in the past and the expected future harm for the rest of your life.
- MEDICAL: Payment of current and future medical bills including hospitalization, surgical procedures, counseling, cosmetic surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, prescriptions and on-going medical care may be awarded.
- LOSS OF ABILITY TO EARN FUTURE INCOME: You may be eligible to receive compensation for past and future lost wages, as well as compensation if you need to be re-trained into a new occupation.
- SPECIAL NEEDS: This is compensation for the injured partner’s spouse and close family members when the injury is so severe that it interferes with the familial relationships, requiring members to perform services that would not otherwise be required.