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
Late Diagnosis of Compartment Syndrome
To make a proper diagnosis of compartment syndrome, 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. When performed early on in the injury process, this surgery can reduce the pressure to normal and prevent permanent injury. A late or dealyed diagnosis of the condition can lead to permanent damage and can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What is Needed To File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
The Michigan medical malpractice law requires that every lawsuit alleging negligence by a licensed medical provider have an Affidavit of Merit attached to the Complaint that is filed with the court. The Affidavit of Merit is a notarized legal document signed by a physician serving as an expert witness. It sets forth the medical reasons for the expert's opinion that medical malpractice or negligence by a doctor or hospital caused injury, harm, or death to a patient.
Our lawyers work with the medical experts to obtain the Affidavit for you. In cases involving more than one negligent doctor or hospital, it may be necessary for us to get multiple Affidavits from physicians with different specialties. Once all of the Affidavits are received, a lawsuit can be filed in the circuit court for the county where the medical treatment occurred.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?
The statute of limitations , or time limit, to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Michigan is generally two years from the date of the injury. There are some exceptions to this deadline for cases involving minors and those involving the death of the patient. There is also the very limited "discovery rule," which may extend the filing date if the medical negligence was discovered after the two year period.
The failure to file a lawsuit within this time limit will forever bar your claim. It is very important that you speak with our medical malpractice lawyers immediately if you believe you or someone you care about was the vicitm of medical negligence. We will listen to your story and tell you if you have a case.
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After we consult with our experts, we will discuss the opinions with you. If there was medical malpractice that caused injury or death, we will file your medical malpractice lawsuit. We have won significant settlements in medical malpractice cases for our clients. We will do the same for you.
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