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.
Aortic aneurysms can be mistaken for a heart attack. Physicians must take proper care to diagnose the condition accurately so that they can treat it. Some symptoms commonly associated with aortic aneurysms include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, severe chest pain, sweating, and a racing heartbeat.
If appropriate standards are not followed, medical professionals can be liable for medical malpractice if their conduct results in injuries or death to a patient. Put another way, medical malpractice lawsuits are appropriate when a medical professional causes harm to a patient by failing to adhere to the level of care that a reasonably prudent medical professional in the same specialty would use under the same or similar circumstances.
Victims of medical malpractice can recover a variety of damages from the at-fault party, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, disability, and any other losses stemming from the malpractice. In cases in which a physician’s negligence leads to a patient’s death, certain surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim and seek wrongful death damages. These typically include medical expenses prior to the death, funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, and more.
If you or your loved one was injured as a result of a physician’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At Arfaa Law Group, our diligent Baltimore misdiagnosis attorneys have helped many Maryland families hold negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they have caused. We can help you understand your legal options and answer any questions you may have along the way. For more information, call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.
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