The wrongful death attorneys in our Michigan medical malpractice department handle cases involving the failure to diagnose and treat a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery to the lungs brought about by a blood clot. A pulmonary embolism may be caused by blood clots in the veins, especially veins in the legs, hips or pelvis.
The failure to timely diagnose and treat a pulmonary embolism by a hospital or physician can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Quite often, these cases are brought against hospital emergency rooms and departments for discharging a patient home with signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism or delaying essential treatment for failing to diagnose the condition. When a patient dies due to the failure to treat or diagnose a pulmonary embolism, the surviving family members can file a lawsuit under the Michigan Wrongful Death Statute.
Pulmonary Embolism Can Lead to Death
Whenever a patient has certain risk factors, such as certain medical conditions like obesity, advanced age, surgery lasting more than two hours, etc., the surgeon must ensure that certain preventive measures are taken, such as tight stockings (commonly called Ted Stockings; to keep blood from pooling in the legs), sequential compression devices (inflatable leg sleeves that keep the blood moving in the legs), and/or a blood thinner medication. These medications include Coumadin, Lovinox and other blood thinners used to thin out clots. When the condition is not properly diagnosed or there is a delay in diagnosis, the condition often leads to death.
Pulmonary Embolisms and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
There are often situations in which a pulmonary embolism can be prevented. In other situations, a pulmonary embolism must be recognized and treated before the patient suffers significant harm or death. These situations may give rise to a pulmonary embolism medical malpractice case if the patient suffers injury or death to the failure to prevent or treat the condition. If a patient dies as a result, this warrants the filing of a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.
If you would like more information about your rights if you or someone you know died due to a failure to diagnose and treat a pulmonary embolism, you should contact our medical malpractice team to discuss your case immediately. There are strict time deadlines and the failure to pursue a case in a timely manner can forever bar your claim.
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