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Compartment Syndrome Leading to Amputation

Medical Malpractice AttorneyCompartment syndrome leading to amputation is a real risk. Though still considered rare, this can occur if doctors do not administer proper treatment fast enough. Compartment syndrome occurs when increased pressure builds in the muscle compartment. This can lead to permanent damage to the muscles and the nerves in the area and it can reduce blood flow. In some situations, this can be a case of medical malpractice. New York medical malpractice attorneys can help you to gain compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering if you have suffered from such an accident.

What Happens?

The National Institutes of Health note the following on compartment syndrome. Inside the thick layers of tissue called fascia, a confined space, called a compartment, exists. Fascia are groups of muscles located in the arms and legs. Within the compartment are muscle tissues, blood vessels and nerve endings. The fascia works much like insulation, but it does not expand and contract.

When swelling occurs in these areas, it leads to increased pressure. The pressure builds against the muscles, blood vessels and nerves in this area. In some cases, such as after an injury to the area, the compartment fills with pressure so much so that the blood flow is blocked. This leads to damage to the muscle and the nerves. Relieving the pressure, often done with a cut to the area, can help prevent permanent damage. Not doing so fast enough, though, can cause the muscles to die and require limb amputation.

Was it fast enough? Our New York medical malpractice attorneys will help you to determine if your doctor acted fast enough to prevent your pain and loss of function. Do not wait to find out if you have a personal injury case.

When Does Compartment Syndrome Lead to Amputation?

In most situations, doctors can react fast enough to relieve the pressure occurring. Generally, people complain about the pain and discomfort they feel as pressure is building. Reacting to this, doctors can relieve the pressure, allow the wound to remain open for a few days and then close it up. However, if this does not happen fast enough, the pressure can build very quickly causing the muscle to die. If the muscle dies, amputation of the arm or leg may be necessary.

Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome Include:

  • Decreased sensation in the affected area
  • Weakness
  • Paleness of skin
  • Severe pain that continues to build and worsen

Doctors can diagnosis this condition based on the pain, noticing swollen and shiny skin and through measurement of the pressure within the compartment. If your doctor did not diagnose the condition soon enough, this could be an instance of medical malpractice. Our team of New York medical malpractice attorneys will help you to overcome these losses.

What If You Had Compartment Syndrome Leading to Amputation?

If you had compartment syndrome and it led to amputation, doctors may not have acted fast enough to treat your condition. If that is the situation, work with a medical malpractice attorney to find out if you have a case. Our New York medical malpractice attorneys will help you.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a personal injury or accident, please contact Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. personal injury lawyers serving injured victims in New York and New Jersey at 800-529-9997.


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