Gastrointestinal diseases and other digestive disorders affect 60 to 70 million people in the U.S. More than 21 million of those affected require hospitalization each year, and more than 245,000 die annually. Medical costs per year related to digestive disorders amount to more than $141 billion.
Special risk factors must be considered when treating specific patient populations with gastrointestinal disorders, such as the elderly and children.
Other illnesses and conditions and their treatment can result in gastrointestinal complications. Damages awarded in lawsuits alleging a drug manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings of these serious gastrointestinal risks associated with one medication exceeded $53 million.
Medical negligence can occur in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders resulting in physical and emotional injuries to patients. These injuries can lead to litigation and high awards and settlements.
Attorneys, physicians, insurers, employers, manufacturers, and other potential parties to litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that may arise in connection with injuries related to gastrointestinal diseases or disorders.