Injuries Caused by a Failure to Diagnose an Aortic Dissection: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Personal Injuries Caused by Failing to Diagnose an Aortic Dissection: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


An aortic dissection is a medical emergency.  Every second that it is not diagnosed and treated, is another second of damage to the heart, vessels, and other parts of the body.  Aortic dissections which are not quickly treated or improperly treated can result in the wrongful death of a patient.  Even if a patient is not wrongfully killed due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, a patient may still be permanently injured and have life-long complications from a delayed in diagnosis or misdiagnosed aortic dissection.  This can be Oregon medical malpractice and victims should speak with our Central Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to learn more.


What is an Aortic Dissection?


An aortic dissection occurs right next to the heart.  The aorta is a large blood vessel which originates from the heart and carries blood out of the heart and to the rest of the body.  It has a very important job and is crucial to keeping a person alive.  An aorta is made up of several layers, predominately the inner lining, middle lining, and outer lining.  An aortic dissection occurs when the inner lining tears and blood is pumped into that tear.  This causes the inner lining and middle lining to pull apart and separate.  This is the dissection.  


When this is not treated due to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, the dissection will grow larger and continue to tear the inner and middle lining.  When the pressure gets too great, or the constant stress on the outer lining becomes too great, the final, outer layer will rupture which will cause a very quick death.


Injuries Caused by a Failure to Diagnose an Aortic Dissection Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Even without the aortic dissection completely rupturing, the dissection will cause a decreased efficiency of blood pumping into the body.  This means that some parts of the body may become hypoxic, or working at an oxygen deprivation.  This pushes the heart to pump harder and faster to keep the oxygen needs of the body, which in turns tires our or burns out the heart faster.  This can obviously cause damage to the heart, and result in a heart attack or heart failure.  It can also generate a lot more pressure against that dissection making it more likely to fully rupture.


In addition, vital organs such as the lungs and brain and be damaged due to the lack of oxygen or decrease in oxygen.  This is true of even very small amounts of an oxygen deprivation.  This can result in further injury to other parts the body which rely on the properly functioning lungs or brain.


Victims Who Have Had an Aortic Dissection Misdiagnosed or Delayed in Diagnosis Should Call Kuhlman Law, LLC


Victims who have had an aortic dissection misdiagnosed or not diagnosed may be entitled to compensation such as pain and suffering, medical bill, lost wages, lost earnings, surgical procedures, and other damages.  If you or a loved one have had an aortic dissection misdiagnosed, call our Central Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to learn what you rights may be.  We accept cases throughout Oregon, including Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Redmond, The Dalles, Sisters, La Pine, Hood River, Albany, Corvallis, Coos Bay, Astoria, Tigard, Vancouver, Washington, Salem, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Clackamass, Happy Valley, Pendleton, Portland, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located. 


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