Pulmonary Embolism – St. Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional failed to diagnose, or misdiagnosed, a pulmonary embolism, this could result in serious health risks, sometimes even death.
A pulmonary embolism occurs when a major artery in the lung is suddenly blocked. This is usually caused by a blood clot in the leg that breaks loose and travels to the lung. Medical professionals are trained to recognize the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. If they fail to see the symptoms or minimize them, this could result in serious health risks, sometimes even death.
If a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional failed to diagnose, or misdiagnosed, a pulmonary embolism, contact the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm at (314) 588-7200.
Symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism
The symptoms of a pulmonary embolism may vary, but some of the most common ones are:
- A sudden shortness of breath.
- Sharp pain in the chest that may worsen when you take a deep breath or cough.
- Pink, foamy mucus that comes up when you cough.
Other symptoms that may occur are a rapid pulse, anxiety, and intense sweating. When symptoms of a pulmonary embolism manifest themselves, trained medical professionals should recognize them. In some cases, however, these symptoms are overlooked or ignored. Brain damage or death can result if signs of a pulmonary embolism are not treated immediately.
Who Are at Risk of a Pulmonary Embolism?
There may be a variety of factors that put a person at risk for a pulmonary embolism. Surgical patients may be at higher risk, especially if the surgery lasts for more than 2 hours. There are often other factors in combination with the surgery, that put a person at greater risk. For instance some people are born with blood that clots too quickly. There are also some diseases that put a patient in danger of developing a pulmonary embolism. Some things that can reduce the risk of blood clots after surgery are blood-thinning products or elastic stockings.
In either case, if a health care professional fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses a pulmonary embolism, the results can be devastating.
Contact the St. Louis Medical malpractice Lawyers
The St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers at the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm have represented a wide variety of medical negligence victims in St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois. If you believe that you or someone you love has a pulmonary embolism medical malpractice case, contact us today at (314) 588-7200 or fill out our online contact form.
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