Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers handle cases involivng the failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism. These medical errors can lead to devastating consequences. Many times, the negligent misdiagnosis of a pulmonary embolism leads to a premature death.
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
A pulmonary embolism is a condition that occurs when the pulmonary artery becomes blocked. In most cases, the blockage is caused by blood clots that originate in the legs or arms and then travel to the pulmonary artery, which is located by the lungs. Although pulmonary embolisms are not necessarily fatal, the number of deaths they cause is increasing, and they are already the leading cause of hospital deaths.
Pulmonary embolisms can vary greatly depending on the amount of blockage and its location in the body, but common symptoms include:
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood or blood-spotted mucus
- Rapid heartbeat
- Leg swelling
- Clammy skin
- Excessive sweating
- Weak pulse
- Lightheadedness and fainting
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from a pulmonary embolism. Doctors are trained to recognize these symptoms and make the proper diagnosis.
How is a Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosed?
Diagnosing a pulmonary embolism can be difficult, but physicians are trained to make this diagnosis because of the serious nature of the condition. Typically, a pulmonary embolism is diagnosed based upon the patient's history and the results of different tests. Your medical history will include questions about the type of complaint, like shortness of breath, the onset of the complaint, your family history, your list of medications, and other important factors. The doctor will also check your blood pressure and listen to your heart and lungs to detect any evidence of this condition.
In addition to your history, standard practice may also require the doctor or medical facility to perform tests to diagnose the condition. Common tests include:
- Ultrasound to look for blood clots in your legs
- CT scan to look for blood clots in your lungs or legs
- Lung Ventilation or Lung Perfusion Scan to check the blood flow to areas of your lungs
- Pulmonary Angiography to test for a pulmonary embolism
- Blood tests to determine the presence of a clot
What Type of Treatment is Given for a Pulmonary Embolism?
A pulmonary emblosim is an emergency medical condition and prompt treatment is necessary to prevent permanent injury or death. Common treatments include the use of blood thinners, like heparin and othe anti-coagulent medications. If emergency treatment is necessary, a doctor may insert a catheter into the veins to remove the clot or deliver medication to dissolve the clot. Compression stockings are also used to prevent clots from traveling to the heart and lungs.
Can I File a Pulmonary Embolism Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Medical malpractice, or"medical negligence," is when a doctor or medical facility, fails to provide appropriate medical care to a patient. When a patient has a pulmonary embolism that is not properly diagnosed or treated, a lawsuit can be filed when a patient suffers an injury, harm, or death from this medical neglect.
Medical malpractice lawsuits seek settlements and compensation for patients harmed by medical negligence. Compensation includes pain and suffering, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income, payment of medical expenses, and other damages. In cases involving a patient death, we file a wrongful death lawsuit for the surviving family members.
Contact Our Michigan Pulmonary Embolism Lawyers
If you or a loved one experienced a pulmonary embolism that was not properly diagnosed or treated, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Our award winning medical malpractice attorneys will get all of your medical records and review them to see if there was medical negligence in the diagnosis and treatment of a pulmonary embolism. We will also discuss your case with highly respected board-certified physicians experts. If we can prove that you or someone you care about was the victim of medical negligence, we will file a medical malpractice lawsuit for you.
Call our award winning medical malpractice lawyers today at (800) 606-1717 and an attorney will be available to speak with you about your situation. We will answer all your questions and determine if you have a case to pursue. If you do, we will begin work on it immediately.
We do not charge any legal fees at all. Your case, from start to finish, will cost you nothing out of pocket. We only receive payment once you have received your settlement check. There is nothing to lose, so call our expert legal team today to get started on your case!