A doctor’s failure to diagnose a problem can cause an otherwise treatable problem to threaten an individual’s life. The medical malpractice attorneys at Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone Co. L.P.A., hold medical professionals liable for their failure to diagnose health concerns, such as an aortic aneurysm. Contact our Cleveland malpractice lawyers for a free consultation.
What is an Aneurysm?
An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel or artery that is commonly caused by high blood pressure or artery disease. However, aneurysms are often common in the elderly following severe trauma, such as in an auto accident. The bulge can dissect, causing severe pain or it can rupture or burst, causing sudden death. The most common aneurysms occur in the aorta (aortic aneurysm) or in the brain (brain aneurysm/cerebral aneurysm).
It is possible to treat or repair a dissected or bulging blood vessel and prevent it from leading to more tragic results, such as a ruptured blood vessel causing sudden death. However, the problem must be accurately diagnosed by medical professionals by recognizing symptoms and performing appropriate x-rays or CT scans. Doctors commonly misdiagnose aneurysm symptoms as a heart attack or other problem, leaving the aneurysm unchecked and untreated. Symptoms may include:
- Brain aneurysm: Severe headache, light sensitivity, nausea, seizure, pupil dilation, vomiting, and many other symptoms
- Aortic aneurysms: Severe chest pain, back pain, sweating, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, nausea, vomiting
Failure to Diagnose
If a doctor has diagnosed a damaged aorta or damaged blood vessel in the brain, they will often recommend surgery, especially if the blood vessel has increased in size. Doctors can replace the dissected or ruptured aorta with an artificial aorta enabling the patient to recover.
Failure to diagnose aneurysms in time or failure to perform surgery promptly following diagnosis could result in brain hemorrhage (brain bleeding), internal bleeding, subdural hematoma, or other complications which cause sudden death.
If a patient is wrongfully discharged from the hospital through emergency room error, doctor mistake, or other negligence, we work to hold medical professionals accountable for their negligence.
Injury Lawyers for You and Your Family
If a loved one has died as a result of a doctor’s failure to diagnose a brain aneurysm or aortic aneurysm, we can help you pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact our medical negligence lawyers for a free case evaluation.