Aneurysms commonly occur in the aorta. Unfortunately, aortic aneurysms are often subjects of medical malpractice cases. When doctors fail to properly diagnose or treat an aortic aneurysm, the consequences can be extremely serious, even life-threatening. If you or your loved one has suffered harm because a doctor failed to diagnose or treat an aortic aneurysm properly, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our seasoned Baltimore medical malpractice attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and determine the strength of your claim.
An aneurysm is an area of a blood vessel wall that has weakened and bulged outward. An aortic aneurysm is a ballooning or protruding of a section in the wall of the aorta caused by a tear or weak spot. The aorta can be enlarged to greater than 1.5 times its normal size. The aorta is the body’s largest artery and carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Since the section with the aneurysm is overstretched, it can burst or rupture. Once an aneurysm ruptures, the condition becomes life-threatening for the patient.
Medical professionals are trained to recognize the signs associated with aortic aneurysms, but they often do not. Injuries to a patient can result when a physician fails to recognize symptoms or simply dismisses them. Harm can also occur when a physician fails to order the appropriate tests or prematurely discharges a patient from the emergency room.