Aortic Dissection Injury Lawyers

Aortic dissection is a complication which may occur when an aortic aneurysm is not properly diagnosed and treated by a doctor, nurse, or other medical personnel with either surgery or medication. Aortic dissection can be life threatening, but it can also be prevented in most cases when an aneurysm is correctly diagnosed and treated promptly. If a medical care provider makes a mistake and fails to provide an accurate and timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, it may be possible to pursue a legal claim for damages. 

How does an Aortic Dissection occur?

An aortic dissection occurs when the force of blood pumping splits the layers of the artery wall, allowing blood to leak in between them. This results in blood leaking out, instead of being delivered throughout the body.

What is an Aortic Aneurysm?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), an aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta — the large artery that carries blood from the heart through the chest and torso. If the wall of the aorta becomes weak, the force of the blood flowing through this artery can make the wall bulge out like a balloon. This bulge, or aneurysm, can grow large and burst, which causes dangerous bleeding in the body. Aneurysms are slow to develop, taking years, and are often show little to no signs or symptoms until it ruptures, or tears open (2). The symptoms vary for each type of aneurysm.

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

A thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs in the chest and is usually caused by high blood pressure or sudden injury. The signs and symptoms of a thoracic aortic aneurysm include: 

  • Sharp, sudden pain in the chest or upper back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs below the chest and is usually caused by hardened arteries, infection, or injury. Abdominal aortic aneurysms normally don’t show any symptoms, but if an individual does have symptoms, they can include:

  • Throbbing or deep pain in your back or side
  • Pain in the buttocks, groin, or legs

Identifying and treating an aortic aneurysm before an aortic dissection occurs can save lives. When a doctor should have recommended screening and failed to do so, it may be possible to pursue a claim for aortic dissection. Claims may also arise from a failure to conduct appropriate testing, a failure to accurately read test results, and a failure to follow up with testing and/or provide the patient with treatment. If a reasonable medical professional with your doctor’s background would have recognized the symptoms and/or performed testing and your doctor did not, a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis could result in a medical malpractice claim.

If you or a loved one are suffering from a complication that occurred from misdiagnosis of an aortic dissection, contact our team of attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt today. Fill out our form or give us a call at 1-800-590-4116 to find out if you are eligible for compensation. We are here to provide you the legal support you need.

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