Failure to Diagnose Aneurysms
An aneurysm is a swelling or ballooning of a vessel that can occur if the blood vessel is damaged or weakened. As blood pressure increases or time passes, the blood vessel can balloon outwards at the damaged or weakened spot. If pressure continues, the blood vessel can rupture, which can result in hemorrhaging (bleeding). If the hemorrhage is severe, stroke or death may result.
An aneurysm can occur suddenly, or it can evolve over time. An aneurysm can occur without any warning, and can cause long-lasting physical problems. Doctors should be able to accurately diagnose the signs and symptoms of an aneurysm even though they share many of the same symptoms of other conditions. Too often patients being treated for hypertension or high blood pressure have an aneurysm.
Three Types of Severe Aneurysms
Three severe types of aneurysms are cerebral (brain) aneurysms, aortic (heart) aneurysms, and abdominal aneurysms. Each of these types of aneurysms has a different set of symptoms. Cerebral aneurysm symptoms may include sudden and severe headache, nausea, and eyesight problems, while aortic aneurysm symptoms may include throbbing abdomen sensation and back pain. Many aneurysms cause leg pain and weakness.
To limit the chances of an aneurysm, timely diagnosis is important to prevent permanent damage or death, as often medication can be given that can prevent the aneurysm from rupturing.
Failure to Diagnose Aneurysms
In cases involving a failure to diagnose an aneurysm, it’s important to understand the symptoms that the patient was having at the time the patient saw the doctor or healthcare provider. To understand these symptoms, we need to review the medical charts of the patient, and to understand what conversations, examinations, and testing transpired.
Once this information is known, it’s then possible to assess whether the proper treatment was rendered, or whether the doctor or healthcare provider was negligent in failing to diagnose a developing aneurysm. To makes this assessment, we typically hire physicians or medical experts to review the symptoms that were presented and to review the actions taken by the doctor or healthcare provider to determine whether these actions were appropriate given the circumstances.
In order to prove medical malpractice, it must be shown that the doctor or healthcare provider failed to comply with or meet the standard of care that a competent doctor or health care professional would have provided under the same circumstances, and that such failure caused harm.
How We Help Clients Suffering from Aneurysms
Victims of aneurysms and their families can suffer from a loss of income due to time off from work, reduction in the quality of life, and high medical bills. Death can also occur. Because these damages can be devastating, when our experts believe that medical malpractice occurred, we work with them to carefully establish the factual basis to support a claim of medical malpractice for our clients, and to document and seek to prove the damages that were suffered as a result.
If you or a member of your family has suffered serious injury or wrongful death due to a health care provider or doctor’s negligent failure to diagnose an aneurysm, contact us. Firm founder Jim Dore has years of experience representing personal injury and medical malpractice claims, has recovered full and fair compensation from clients through both settlements and jury verdicts.
There is no obligation to use us, and our initial consultation is free. If you hire us we will work hard to prove your case with the goal of obtaining for you the full amount of compensation and damages to which you may be entitled.
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