Failure to Diagnose a Pulmonary Embolism in Minnesota Caused by Medical Malpractice

When a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is Misdiagnosed in Minnesota, it Can be Very Serious Medical Malpractice

A pulmonary embolism, or PE, is a medical emergency.  While sometimes the symptoms may be obvious, most of the time the symptoms of a PE are not obvious and require the skill and training of a medical professional.  However, many medical professionals are not adequately trained or remember their training for PEs.  This is especially true of emergency room professionals, where PEs can be overlooked and quickly become fatal.


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed due to a healthcare provider’s medical malpractice in diagnosing a PE, call the Minneapolis – St. Paul medical malpractice lawyers of Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation.  These are difficult cases and require medical knowledge and tenacity.  Call now for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.


Signs of a PE Which Can Lead to Medical Malpractice  

A pulmonary embolism or PE is a blockage of the pulmonary artery in your lung.  This is typically caused by a blood clot of some sort.  Some PEs have no real effect on a patient’s health and have no symptoms at all.  These are generally not dangerous at all.  But a large PE can completely cut off blood flow to the lungs and be fatal very quickly; these symptoms can be very obvious.


However, it is the middle type that have a range of symptoms and a range of complications.  These are some of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions due to this wide range in conditions and complications.  The symptoms of a PE can be similar to a heart attack, pneumonia, and even common colds.  While some providers will completely ignore patients with a PE by triaging them very low as colds – this can be fatal.


Causes of PE Medical Malpractice Cases: Failing to Diagnose a Killer 

The most common cause of PE medical malpractice is misdiagnosing due to the belief that the condition is actually another condition like a cold.  This is because emergency room staff is moving too fast to properly check the patient’s symptoms and run the proper diagnostic tests which are required to rule out or diagnose a PE.  This means that a healthcare provider could actually send a patient home with a PE, only to send the patient home to die or come back for a re-admission with even worse and likely damaging symptoms.


Another common cause of PE medical malpractice include the actual treatment of the PE.  Generally, clot busters must be used—especially in the most serious of cases—to get rid of the clot causing the PE.  However, these are very powerful drugs.  Using too much of a clot buster can result in permanent and even deadly damage.  Using not enough can result in lost time to treat a PE, and when you are treating an oxygen injury, time is tissue damage and very important to preserve.


Victims of Misdiagnosed and Mistreated PEs in Minnesota Call the Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law, LLC


If we accept your case, a medical malpractice lawyer can review your medical history, the doctor’s treatment of the condition, and determine whether the misdiagnosis constituted medical negligence and the basis for a lawsuit to seek compensation for the injuries and medical bills incurred by the patient.  Contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case and your questions at (612) 444-3374.

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