When you visit a medical professional because of unusual or disturbing symptoms, you expect to receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. When a diagnosis is missed or delayed, your treatment could be compromised. If you or a loved one suffered due to a misdiagnosis of stroke pulmonary embolism, our Springfield lawyers can help you determine financial liability for your current condition.
At the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, our Springfield medical misdiagnosis lawyer will represent you on a contingency fee basis. One of our team members will consult with you about your case for free by listening to your version of events with kindness and compassion rather than by reviewing documentation alone. We will also explain your rights as the injured party and explore your financial recovery options. Call us today.
What Is a Pulmonary Embolism?
Johns Hopkins Medicine describes a pulmonary embolism as a blood clot that travels to the lungs. While the clot often occurs in the leg, it can occur anywhere. It blocks effective blood flow and is typically caused by an air bubble, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), tumors, and fat embolus, often resulting from a broken bone.
Traumatic injuries, severe burns, and bone breaks or fractures can all lead to a pulmonary embolism.
Symptoms and Causes of a Pulmonary Embolism
The warning signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism can mimic those of an acute heart attack. Symptoms can also vary in severity and can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Fainting spells
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Rapid heartbeat
- Mental confusion
Small blood clots can often develop suddenly and can be easily overlooked. If your symptoms were overlooked, ignored, or mismanaged, your health can be compromised, and you could incur extensive medical treatment to aid in your recovery. Our medical malpractice team will help you explore your options for financial compensation.
What Is a Stroke?
Johns Hopkins Medicine describes a stroke as the sudden stop of blood flow to your brain. There are two types of strokes, including:
- Ischemic: Blockage of a major blood vessel in your brain due to plaque caused by fatty deposits and cholesterol
- Hemorrhagic: Bursting of a blood vessel in your brain caused where pressure builds up in brain tissue.
A hemorrhagic stroke is typically more serious and damaging than an ischemic stroke.
Symptoms and Causes of a Stroke
The sooner a stroke is accurately diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin. Prompt treatment may lessen a stroke’s severity. Signs and symptoms of a stroke can include:
- One-sided weakness or numbness
- Difficulty speaking
- Visual disturbances
- Lack of coordination
- Fainting and seizures
- Sudden, severe headache
- Nausea and vomiting
Missed or misdiagnosis is considered medical malpractice. If you suffered an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke that was not treated promptly or correctly due to a missed or delayed diagnosis, we can help. Our stroke pulmonary embolism misdiagnosis lawyer serving Springfield at The Fitch Law Firm LLC will help you pursue compensation from the at-fault healthcare provider.
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Financial Recovery for a Stroke Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis in Springfield
You do not have to handle your case without legal service and support since it costs nothing upfront or out of your own pocket to hire our personal injury lawyer. We will negotiate with the insurance company to recover the following damages:
- Present and future medical bills
- Present and future lost wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Lasting disability or disfigurement
- Diminished quality of life
A severe stroke or one that is misdiagnosed or missed, altogether, can result in a fatality. If your family lost a loved one due to a misdiagnosis, you can recover wrongful death damages, including funeral costs, loss of financial support, and loss of consortium and companionship.
How a Pulmonary Embolism or Stroke Can Be Misdiagnosed
An ischemic stroke can happen when a pulmonary embolism cuts off the blood supply to your brain. A misdiagnosis can be dangerous and delay vital treatment. Its causes can include:
- Symptoms that mimic or overlap other illnesses
- Failure to properly monitor or observe a patient
- Failure to perform necessary lab or imaging test
- Faulty or misinterpreted lab or imaging tests
Who our law firm pursues for compensation will depend on the reason for your misdiagnosis. Potentially liable parties can include hospitals and other testing facilities. They can also include physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers.
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Defining the Cause of a Stroke Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis
To build your case, we compile evidence that proves the elements of medical malpractice. These four components include:
- Your medical provider owed you a duty of professional care
- The accepted standard of professional care was breached
- Your misdiagnosis was caused by the breach of duty
- You incurred financial damages due to the breach of duty
The evidence we compile for your case file will include pre- and post-diagnostic medical records, rehab and therapy reports, and expert testimonials. We also collect evidence that proves the monetary value of your compensation request, including medical bills and proof of income.
Our Stroke Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer Will Prove Negligence
We will also obtain an Affidavit of Merit to support your case. In it, a qualified medical expert:
- Describes their qualifications and medical expertise
- Defines the acceptable standard of care you should have received
- Attests that the medical care you received did not meet that standard
This Affidavit of Merit is required by Ohio Revised Code Section 2323.451. It substantiates your case and is filed alongside your lawsuit. Our law firm will consult a qualified medical expert and secure this document for your case file.
Get Help From Our Springfield, Ohio Medical Misdiagnosis Team
If your health or the health of a loved one was damaged by a recent misdiagnosis, our law firm will help you build a strong case for financial recovery. You do not have to prepare your case or take on the insurer on your own.
Contact one of our team members at The Fitch Law Firm LLC to learn more about how hard our Springfield stroke pulmonary embolism misdiagnosis lawyer will go to bat for you.
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