Nine months into the global pandemic that has caused upheaval around the world, doctors are still learning more about the many health conditions that COVID-19 can cause in individuals. Many people who have contracted COVID-19 have struggled to get a proper diagnosis from their doctors, and so-called “COVID-19 Long-Haulers” are experiencing symptoms such as debilitating fatigue or heart failure, months after their initial diagnosis with the novel coronavirus.
If you or a loved one have suffered serious, or unexplained medical issues this year, you may be wondering if these issues are somehow related to COVID-19. The attorney’s at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt are investigating deaths or severe medical illnesses that arise due to COVID-19, but are being misdiagnosed, or given improper treatment, by medical professionals. If you have questions about your diagnosis or the death of a loved one, reach out to our team today for a free consultation.
Pulmonary Issues Related to COVID-19
Common pulmonary issues that can arise from COVID-19 are:
- COVID pneumonia: When COVID pneumonia occurs, the lungs become inflamed and fill with fluid, causing breathing difficulties. COVID pneumonia has been shown to cause damage that can take months to improve.
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS): ARDS is a form of lung failure, and often requires that patients be put on a ventilator. ARDS can leave lasting pulmonary scarring and can be fatal in some instances.
- Sepsis: Sepsis happens when an infection reaches the bloodstream and causes tissue damage as it is transported through the body. Often fatal, it can leave survivors with permanent damage to any organ it reaches.
Neurological Symptoms From COVID-19
Common neurological symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Loss of taste and smell
- Muscle weakness
- Confusion or brain fog
Potentially damaging neurological problems may occur at a rate as high as one in seven COVID-19 patients. These complications may raise the patients’ risk of death by as much as 38 percent, and raise the likelihood that the patient will need long-term rehabilitation therapy by 28 percent.
COVID-19 Cardiac Issues
Numerous studies are now suggesting that many COVID-19 survivors experience some kind of heart damage. Alarmingly, this can occur even if the patient had no underlying heart disease, and even among people who never displayed symptoms of a COVID-19 infection at all.
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle and is frequently being associated with COVID-19. It has been reported that children as young as 11 have died unexpectedly due to myocarditis and heart failure, with coronavirus particles found in the cardiac tissue when autopsies are performed.
As many as 7 percent of deaths from COVID-19 may actually result from myocarditis, and abnormalities in the heart have been found in up to 78% of recovered COVID-19 patients. Researchers have stated they believe that the novel coronavirus will increase the incidence of heart failure, perhaps for decades to come.
Ancillary Deaths Due to COVID-19
When deaths attributed to COVID-19 were removed from the death totals reported by the CDC for the first few months of the pandemic, the death rate in almost all demographics outpaced the number of deaths from the same period in 2019. These numbers show that the coronavirus may be causing ancillary deaths in addition to the deaths directly attributed to it.
As of December, COVID-19 has become the leading cause of death in 2020. And the numbers reported are likely at least a 20% underestimate due to delays in reporting, as well as an increase in deaths where COVID-19 was a contributing factor, but not listed as the main cause of death.
Lawyers Working With Victims of COVID-19
New developments in our understanding of the novel coronavirus are happening every day, and with vaccines now entering the picture, we are entering a new era of the fight against COVID-19. Our team of legal experts is constantly learning new ways in which individuals and their families have been affected by this virus, and working with families to find the best ways to help them through this difficult time.
If you have questions about a family member’s misdiagnosis, or concerns about the way your family members’ care was handled after a diagnosis of COVID-19, our team of experienced and compassionate attorneys is available to offer you a free consultation. You can reach out to us by filling out our form or calling 1-866-694-5578 today.