Suffering because of the negligence of a careless doctor can be a trying experience. The emotional, physical, and psychological scars sustained as a result of medical negligence can change the course of your life. At Bennett and Heyman, we understand how difficult coping with a severe injury can be. That is why we dedicate ourselves to pursuing justice for all our clients.
To learn more about your potential claim in a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, call our offices today at (410) 429-7856.
What is Compartment Syndrome?
Compartment syndrome occurs as a result of excessive pressure in an enclosed muscle area. A person may suffer from this painful condition for many different reasons. However, the leading element in compartment syndrome cases is the lack of blood flow. The lack of blood flow in a muscle or organ compartment can cause swelling in the affected area, which can lead to chronic pain, excess pressure, and in more severe cases, death.
For instance, if there is bleeding inside a muscle, the lack of proper blood flow can cause the muscle to swell, exerting pressure over delicate structures within it such as capillaries and nerve cells. Immediate medical attention is needed regardless of the level of swelling or pressure.
Generally, compartment syndrome occurs as a result of a severe accident. For instance, one of the most common types of incidents where compartment syndrome is likely to happen is car accidents. Depending on the extent and severity of the crash, a person can sustain injuries that may lead to suffering from this debilitating syndrome, including fractures, broken bones, and crushing injuries.
Diagnosing Compartment Syndrome
Proper diagnosis of compartment syndrome will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your injury. The attending physician can assess your injuries and determine whether you are suffering from this painful condition by performing standard physical examinations. A doctor may discover you are suffering from compartment syndrome by observing the extent of your injuries following an accident. In other instances, they may need to perform more a more in-depth examination of the affected area to make a proper diagnosis, such as when a doctor utilizes a needle to measure the level of pressure within the affected organ or muscle.
Failure to diagnose compartment syndrome can lead to severe injuries. For instance, if your doctor misdiagnoses you or leaves your injury untreated, you may face muscle scarring (due to the excess pressure exerted over the skin infections), permanent nerve damage, and – in severe cases – you may need amputation. If you or a loved one suffered from any of these consequences due to the negligent actions or omissions of a healthcare professional, we may be able to help.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for Failure to Diagnose Compartment Syndrome
If you suffered losses due to the negligent actions of a careless healthcare professional, you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the liable parties. For instance, if your treating physician failed to diagnose your compartment syndrome or otherwise left your injuries untreated, they may be responsible for any harm caused by their negligence.
However, determining negligence – a key element in all medical malpractice cases – requires you to prove four essential elements with the court. As a plaintiff, you will need to show that your doctor owed you a duty of care that was breached, caused you harm, and that as a consequence of his or her breach of duty, you suffered losses for which you are seeking compensation. If successful, you may obtain compensation for things such as your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Keep in mind you have a limited time to submit your claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. This legal timeline is designed to encourage plaintiffs to present timely claims and prevent their causes of action from expiring due to the passage of time. If you do not file your claim on time, you may be barred from obtaining compensation. A skilled Baltimore medical malpractice attorney can help you hold the liable parties accountable for your injuries.
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Suffering a severe injury due to the negligence of a careless doctor, nurse, surgeon, or other healthcare professional can be incredibly overwhelming for victims and their families. That is why, at Bennett and Heyman, P.A., we dedicate our practice to defending and upholding your rights as an injured victim. Thanks to our many years of experience handling personal injury and medical malpractice claims, we can hold the liable parties accountable for your losses. Let our years of experience and knowledge help you during this difficult time. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To learn more about your case in a free, confidential consultation, call our law offices today at (410) 429-7856.