Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis

Hi! I’m Chicago Attorney Dan Newlin, Former Police Detective. Thank you for visiting my Pulmonary Embolism misdiagnosis web page. As I am sure you know, medicine is a for profit business and is built on making money. Many hospitals and medical specialty groups are profit making businesses, most making hundreds of millions of dollars a year, and they will do everything in their power to keep you or your family from recovering what you are legally entitled to under the law. They will do this because paying you for your injuries means less profits for them. I have helped over 10,000 accident victims and I would be honored to help you. If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a medical professional in Chicago or the Suburbs you may be entitled to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long term care.

I am proud to have created a legal team with proven results. My attorneys and I have recovered over 200 million dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!! I have built a legal-medical team which includes medical doctors, nurses, emergency room and hospital professionals and highly experienced attorneys on staff and ready to meet with you and evaluate your Pulmonary Embolism misdiagnosis claim. I promise that we will fight for you and be by your side every step of the way until we reach our only goal, to get you and your family the justice you rightfully deserve. Me and my attorneys are armed and ready to handle the most complex of medical malpractice cases. If you or a loved one have been the victim of Pulmonary Embolism misdiagnosis call my office today at 312-888-8000 for a free consultation. Me or one of my attorneys will be more than happy to meet with you today.

Studies have shown that one of the leading causes of preventable deaths during hospitalization is due to a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lungs. In most cases, a blood clot starts in the large veins of the leg, abdomen, or arms. When the clot becomes dislodged, it travels up into the lungs and either entirely or partially blocks an artery. Once a person gets a blood clot, anything can knock the clot into the blood stream. Once the blood clot gets into smaller vessels and capillaries, it can cause a blockage. If the blockage occurs in the brain it can be labeled a stroke and a blood clot in the heart can cause a heart attack. A blood clot that lodges into the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism.

The symptoms of a pulmonary embolism are very clear. They range from shortness of breath to sharp chest pain, rapid pulse, intense sweating, anxiety and more. It is critical to recognize the signs of a pulmonary embolism and treat it immediately to save patients’ lives.

Medical providers are trained professionals and there are many stages at which a pulmonary embolism should be recognized. When the symptoms of the condition are misunderstood or minimized by medical staff as stress or a less serious condition, the delay can be deadly. Many times the medical facilities are understaff and the providers are overworked and although aware of the symptoms of the condition they misdiagnose it resulting in serious injury and sometimes death. If you or family member have suffered injury do to a medical professionals misdiagnosis call me today for a free consultation.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute define a pulmonary embolism (PE) as a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The blockage is actually a blood clot or blood clots that have traveled to the lungs from another part of the body. These traveling blood clots commonly form in the deep veins of the legs, and are called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A pulmonary embolism can be disabling or fatal. Medical professionals may also use the term venous thromboembolism (VTE) to refer to both a patient’s DVT and resulting PE.

The following is a list of medical conditions that physicians and nurses must look for that increase the likelihood of a patient who is at risk for developing DVT/PE:

  • Current or previous diagnosis of DVT blood clots, or previous pulmonary embolism
  • Hospitalization
  • Recent surgery
  • Recent period of immobilization, e.g., bed rest, sitting in a car or plane for hours
  • Prolonged air plane or car travel
  • Recent broken bone
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Pregnancy, or recent birth
  • Increased Age
  • Hormonal birth control or hormonal therapy in women
  • Previous stroke or heart attack
  • Trauma or injury
  • Recent spinal cord injury
  • Family history of blood clots
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Inherited or genetic blood clotting condition which increases clotting, e.g., Factor V Leiden
  • Persons with a central venous catheter
  • Varicose veins
  • Current or recent infection
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) including Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Some pulmonary embolism victims may experience PE symptoms while others may experience no symptoms at all. In addition, some PE victims experience DVT symptoms only. Because a PE is a medical emergency, it is important to seek medical attention if you experience any PE symptoms. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Sudden shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Cough or cough with blood
  • Wheezing
  • Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Bluish tint to skin
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Increased or rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fever

With timely diagnosis and treatment, people can survive DVT/PE and live a long and fulfilling life.

Even though the signs and symptoms of the pulmonary embolism can look like other conditions, it is up to the medical staff to rule out those things and make the correct diagnosis. If the symptoms can be several things, the doctor needs to conduct the proper tests to conclusively rule out a pulmonary embolism. The easiest thing to do is prevent a pulmonary embolism before it starts. If doctors can treat a patient’s blood clots, then the risk of a pulmonary embolism is greatly reduced. If doctors identify these symptoms as a blood clot and treat it with blood thinners, the blood clot will dissolve before it turns lethal. To diagnose blood clots, doctors can employ tests such as a venous Doppler study to see if there are blood clots in the legs, or an EKG or an ultrasound of the heart to check for blood clots in the heart. If blood clots are found, doctors can prescribe anticoagulants to dissolve the blood clot.

If the doctors do not catch the blood clot and the individual actually gets a pulmonary embolism there is little time to act. The person must be given emergency surgery in order to save their life. It depends on whether the blood clot lodges in a main artery or not. Eventually the blocked area will die causing serious problems and eventually death if not treated.

I have years’ worth of experience examining, preparing and presenting complicated medical malpractice evidence. My attorneys and I work closely with medical experts, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and therapists throughout the legal process. If necessary, we also retain expert accountants and financial analysts because many medical malpractice cases have their own set of associated losses including lost wages, the cost of care and many other monetary costs. I do this in order to accurately assess what these costs will be for the remainder of a victim’s life. We have the financial means and stability to retain the necessary experts to properly prosecute your medical negligence case. It is through this coordinated effort that I have consistently obtained record breaking awards and settlements and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for my injured clients.

If you or a family member are the victim of medical malpractice, negligence or carelessness of a Chicago doctor or other Chicago health care provider, you may be entitled to thousands of dollars in compensation. If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of a Doctors medical malpractice, please call me at (312) 888-8000 to learn more about your legal rights.

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