Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent clients who have suffered compartment syndrome injuries. Compartment syndrome is a painful condition that results when pressure within a muscle builds to dangerous levels. This prevents nourishment from reaching muscles and cells.
Compartment syndrome can occur in different muscle groups in the body, including arms, hands, legs, feet and even the buttocks. The muscle groups are covered by a membrane called fascia. If the pressure within the compartment gets too high (from injury, infection, swelling, or bleeding), it can cause a lack of oxygen to the tissue which can damage blood vessels and nerve and muscle cells. It is essential that a physician or emergency department promptly diagnose compartment syndrome. A delay in the diagnosis and providing treatment can cause permanent and irreversible damage.
Signs & Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome
A doctor or hospital should consider a diagnosis of compartment syndrome based upon your symptoms and complaints, as well as any events or injuries that preceded your complaint. Common symptoms include:
- Intense pain that is out of proportion to your injury
- Muscle tightness
- Tingling or burning sensation in the muscle
- Numbness or paralysis in the muscle
Diagnosis of Compartment Syndrome
To make a proper diagnosis, the doctor must rule out other possible causes of the pain. Compartment syndrome can be tested for by gauging the pressure within the muscle compartments. If pressure is very high, a surgical procedure called a fasciotomy may be required. If performed early on in the injury process, this surgery can reduce the pressure to normal and prevent permanent injury. The failure to timely diagnose and treat this condition can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
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Contact Our Michigan Compartment Syndrome Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been a victim of delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of compartment syndrome, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Call (800) 606-1717 today to speak with our legal team about your situation. We will listen to your story and determine if you have a medical malpractice case. We represent all clients under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not be responsible for any payments unless we are able to recover a settlement for you. There is absolutely nothing to lose, so call us today!