More than 15 million colonoscopy procedures are performed in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, only about 58% of adults in the recommended age group of 50 to 75 years old met the goal of a regular colonoscopy.
Colonoscopies carry a level of risk. Approximately 0.5% of those screened for colorectal cancer suffer injuries from a complication of the procedure. Problems related to colonoscopies can lead to litigation, which can result in high verdicts or settlements. An Iowa hospital recently paid a $500,000 settlement in a case in which a patient’s colon was torn during a colonoscopy.
Attorneys, physicians, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation need to understand the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that may arise in connection with colonoscopies.