Pittsburgh Acute Compartment Syndrome Lawyers
Medical Malpractice Attorneys Represent the Injured Victims of Acute Compartment Syndrome in Pittsburgh, PA
The different parts of the human body, although interconnected with one another, are separated into their own compartments by fascial tissue. For example, the lower leg has four fascial compartments, with each unit of muscles and their associated blood vessels and nerves separated from one another. This compartmentalization can lead to a serious medical condition known as acute compartment syndrome (ACS).
ACS occurs when one or more compartments experience increased fluid buildup. Unfortunately, the fascial tissues can only hold so much fluid before they become damaged or burst. ACS frequently result from physical trauma or from infection. ACS can also result from medical conditions such as bleeding disorders or vascular disease. If ACS is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications such as extreme pain, secondary infections, kidney failure, or even tissue death necessitating amputation.
ACS requires prompt diagnosis and treatment in order to avoid more serious complications. When a physician or other medical provider fails to timely diagnose ACS or seek a consultation with a specialist physician, ACS can quickly lead to permanent damage. When you suffer life-altering injuries from ACS that is negligently allowed to worsen, you may be entitled to seek compensation for the harm you’ve suffered and for your financial losses.
If you have suffered medical complications or injury due to your doctor’s or medical provider’s failure to diagnose or treat ACS, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Contact the experienced Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys of Berger & Lagnese today to set up a free case evaluation to discuss the details of your case and to learn more about the financial compensation you and your family may be entitled to.
How an ACS Diagnosis Leads to Medical Malpractice
The symptoms of ACS are usually easy for any experienced physician to recognize after taking a patient’s history and completing a physical examination. Upon suspecting ACS, a physician can easily conduct pressure measurements to confirm the diagnosis; at that point, a physician should recommend emergency surgery to relieve the pressure that has built up.
Unfortunately, when physicians commit acts of negligence in treating a patient with ACS, their condition may go undiagnosed for too long a period, or a physician may fail to recommend timely treatment that can help prevent permanent damage. Examples of acts of malpractice that can lead to harm from ACS include:
- Failing to take a complete history from the patient
- Failing to perform a physical examination of the affected areas
- Failing to conduct tests to confirm an ACS diagnosis, or misinterpreting the result of tests that are performed
- Failing to consult with surgical specialists to confirm the diagnosis and treatment options
- Offering an inadequate course of treatment for the patient
When a physician fails to timely diagnose and offer treatment of ACS, when another physician under identical circumstances would have done so, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice.
Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Berger & Lagnese Vigorously Pursue Legal Claims on Behalf of Clients Who’ve Suffered from ACS Negligence
When you or a family member have suffered serious or permanent complications and injury due to ACS that went untreated for too long due to a medical provider’s negligence, the attorneys of Berger & Lagnese will fight to get you and your family the fair and full compensation that you need and deserve, including for damages such as medical treatments for the complications you suffer from ACS, long-term care for disabilities caused by those complications, lost wages and earning capacity, and pain and suffering and lost quality of life.
Our experienced legal team knows full well how factually and legally complex medical malpractice cases are. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough independent investigation of your case, including the care you received leading up to your injury. We work with highly-experienced medical experts to establish how your injuries or harm could have been prevented with different decisions that another reasonable medical provider would have undertaken. Where we can show that the harm you have suffered could have been prevented with non-negligent care, our firm will aggressively pursue the financial recovery and justice that you and your family deserve.
Contact Berger & Lagnese Today to Schedule a Case Review with a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorney to Discuss Your ACS Case
If you or a loved one have suffered harm after your acute compartment syndrome went undiagnosed or untreated due to your medical provider’s negligence, don’t wait another day to start pursuing the financial compensation that you need and deserve. Schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with the medical malpractice lawyers of Berger & Lagnese today to go over your legal rights and options and to learn more about how our firm can help make your claim proceed as smoothly and efficiently as possible so that you can get the monetary compensation you need and get back to focusing on your recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions about Acute Compartment Syndrome in Pittsburgh, PA
FAQ: Who may be liable for injuries that I or a loved one suffered due to acute compartment syndrome?
There are many persons or entities involved in your care who may be responsible for injuries and harm that you suffer due to complications from ACS. This includes your physicians, nurses, aides, physical therapists, EMTs, or laboratory technicians. In addition, you may also be entitled to hold the hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities, and ambulances services that employ these professionals liable as well pursuant to employer liability.
FAQ: How long will it take to pursue a medical malpractice claim if I suffered injuries or compilations from ACS due to a medical professional’s negligence?
The length of time that a medical malpractice claim arising from ACS will take will depend on many different factors. For example, if the at-fault parties accept liability for your injuries and your damages can be easily calculated, it can be possible to settle your medical malpractice claim in a few months. However, if it becomes necessary to go to court in your case, it can take up to several years to reach a result at trial, depending on factors like the amount of investigation or need for expert witnesses, or the scheduling and availability of the court.