Compartment syndrome is a serious condition that is caused by increased pressure within a muscle compartment. Although it usually occurs in the lower leg and forearm, it can also occur in any closed anatomic space including the abdominal cavity. Regardless of where it occurs, compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency and a failure to properly diagnose and treat it can be result in the loss of a limb or even loss of life.
If a physician or medical institution failed to properly diagnose you or a loved one of compartment syndrome, you should immediately contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer as you may have a viable medical malpractice claim.
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What Causes Compartment Syndrome?
Swelling resulting from a trauma due to construction accidents, car accidents, soft tissue injuries, occupational injuries, crush injuries or fractures can lead to compartment syndrome. Symptoms of compartment syndrome include:
- Severe pain
- Decreased sensation
- Burning pain
- Decreased movement
- Pale skin
- Shiny skin
If you suffer from any of these symptoms after an injury, you should immediately consult with a physician to have the pressure measured within the compartment to diagnose or rule out compartment syndrome.
If your physician fails to properly diagnose compartment syndrome, you should contact New York City malpractice attorneys.
Treating Compartment Syndrome
In the event that compartment syndrome is properly diagnosed within a reasonable period following the symptoms, the patient may have to undergo a surgical procedure called a fasciotomy. This involves the surgeon making an incision to open up the affected compartment to relieve the pressure.
In order for the surgery to be effective, it must be performed within eight hours of onset or permanent neuromuscular damage may result. Failure to properly treat compartment syndrome will cause necrosis of the nerves and the muscles in the affected compartment. Additional complications include loss of limb and sometimes death.
The New York Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
If you suffered the life-altering consequences of a misdiagnosis of compartment syndrome, no amount of money can undo the hurt and pain. However, with the help of a New York medical malpractice attorney you can get the monetary compensation to which you are entitled to help ease your financial worries.
The attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. have the necessary experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Call us at 1-800-529-9997 to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced New York medical malpractice attorneys today.