Our medical malpractice lawyers in Michigan file cases against hospitals for the failure to properly diagnose the condition of a pulmonary embolism in the hospital emergency department. Medical malpractice claims alleging the failure to diagnose and treat patients presenting with signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism are the fourth most frequent type of malpractice claim alleged against hospital emergency departments. A patient presenting with the symptoms of a stroke should be carefully evaluated and tested for the condition before being discharged home from the hospital.
A pulmonary embolism is caused by a sudden and potentially life-threatening blockage of blood flow to the lungs. The emergency department staff should consider this diagnosis for every patient who presents with chest symptoms of unknown origin, especially in patients who had a recent surgery or some type of trauma to the chest or lower extremities. A proper evaluation of a patient suspected of having a pulmonary embolism often includes radiology testing, like an MRI or CT scan or an ultrasound to conform the presence of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the lower extremity.
It is medically necessary to treat the pulmonary embolism as close to the onset as possible to prevent significant harm, or even death, to the patient. It is essential that the medical staff take all appropriate steps based upon the patient history and symptoms of the patient to determine whether the patient is having a pulmonary embolism. In cases where a patient dies due to the failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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