A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery of a lung by a blood clot. These blood clots come from the deep veins of the legs and reach the lungs thru a process called venous thromboembolism. The obstruction of blood flow through the lungs caused by these blood clots leads to pressure on the right ventricle of the heart, which in turn leads to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain and, in severe cases, collapse and sudden death.
These blood clots may have other causes (like cancer), but the most common cases result from prolonged bed rest, mainly after surgery. Although a pulmonary embolism can happen to patients that are bed ridden as a result of any kind of surgery, it typically happens orthopedic surgery patients who due to the nature of their procedure are prevented from leaving their beds for sometime.Miami Pulmonary Embolism Attorney
Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will immediately start an investigation into what caused the pulmonary embolism in your case and determine whether your medical professionals failed to meet the standard of care to which you were entitled.
For example, we will look into whether your caregivers were following orders from a doctor; whether they followed the standard preventive procedures in these cases like having the patient wear compression stockings of the type typically used to push blood out of the legs into the rest of the body and/or administer blood thinning medication; whether the patient was monitored for complaints of calf pain, chest pain and/or checked for the formation of dark spots on the legs and, finally, whether the patient was receiving therapy as recommended to promote blood circulation in these cases.
The symptoms of pulmonary embolism (difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, chest pain on inspiration, palpitations, rapid pulse, intense sweating, and/or anxiety) should be very clear to the eye of a trained medical professional. However, sometimes we find that those symptoms are attributed to stress or misdiagnosed as something else with devastating consequences: brain damage or even death can occur within 30 minutes of the first symptoms...
If you have lost a loved one or have had someone you love suffer a pulmonary embolism due to the medical negligence of others, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. The Miami Dade County Law Office of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano has throughout the years represented many clients involved in serious personal injuries, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.