Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers handle cases involving the failure to timely diagnose and treat a patient with abdominal pain. Abdominal pain accounts for almost ten percent of all emergency room visits. In almost one-third of those cases, no diagnosis is ever made and often the cause of the pain is not serious. However, in many circumstances the abdominal pain is an life threatening medical condition that requires surgery or intensive care.
The misdiagnosis of abdominal pain can lead to catastrophic consequences. Several life threatening conditions that are misdiagnosed by doctors and hospitals include:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Perforated organ
- Bowel obstruction
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
When a patient presents to a doctor or hospital with abdominal pain, the physician must diagnose the condition causing that symptom. Because abdominal pain is a common complaint in hospital emergency departments, it is essential that the physician determine whether the patient is presenting with a medical emergency or has a less severe condition.
Tests utilized to determine the cause of the abdominal pain include a CT Scan, an ECG, blood testing, and a pregnancy test if a woman has childbearing potential. These tests are used to determine the condition causing the pain and to rule out other conditions. Once the cause is diagnosed, the proper treatment must timely commence.
When a patient with abdominal pain is not properly evaluated by a doctor or at the hospital emergency department, it can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Patients who survive a misdiagnosis of abdominal pain and are harmed can pursue a case against the negligent medical providers. In cases involving death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you or a family member suffered injury or harm due to the failure to treat abdominal pain, you should contact our experienced medical malpractice lawyers today to discuss your case. We will obtain and review all of the medical records to determine whether there was improper medical care provided to the patient. If there was the failure to provide proper care, we will file a medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf.
Call today to speak with one of our highly qualified medical malpractice attorneys. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or costs unless you receive a settlement. There are strict time deadlines for filing medical malpractice lawsuits so it is important that you call us right now at (800) 606-1717!