Three Dangerous Conditions That a Misdiagnosis Could Mean Wrongful Death: Portland and Bend Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Wrongful Death Caused by Failing to Diagnosis A-Fib, Pulmonary Embolism, and Aortic Dissections: Bend and Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


There are some dangerous conditions which must be properly diagnosed and treated because a misdiagnosis could mean wrongful death.  We all know the standard conditions like a stroke, heart attack, or infection.  But there are some condition which you may know a little less about which can still be just as dangerous.  These conditions include atrial fibrillation (A-fib), pulmonary embolism (PE), and an aortic dissection.  When these conditions are misdiagnosed or treatment is delayed and a wrongful death occurs, it is time to call a Portland and Bend medical malpractice lawyer for a free consultation.


Atrial Fibrillation and Wrongful Death


Atrial Fibrillation, or A-fib, is the least likely to lead to wrongful death due to a misdiagnosis.  This is because A-fib is less serious, not as quick to cause death, and more likely to be discovered down the line of treatment for other providers.  But A-fib which is not discovered is very likely to cause heart failure, blood clots and strokes, or other catastrophic injury to the heart.  


This is because A-fib is an irregular pattern of heart beating.  You have four chambers in your heart.  They beat in unison and in rhythmic order, the top two beat then the bottom two.  But with A-Fib, they are firing out of order and in a manner which does not help blood shoot out of the heart and into the rest of the body.  This causes blood to pool and can even create clots in the heart.  This requires the heart to beat harder and faster to catch up with the body’s need for oxygen, which in turn can result in heart failure.  A-fib is easily treated if it is identified early, and the failure to do so can be fatal.


Pulmonary Embolism and Wrongful Death


A pulmonary embolism or PE is a very serous condition that can lead to wrongful death quickly.  Generally it can be quickly treated with a surgery or even strong medications/drugs for clot busting.  A PE is a blood clot that usually comes from the legs (a deep vein thrombosis) which gets lodge in the lungs.  If the PE blocks both sides fo the long down the many pulmonary artery, it is likely to result in instant or very quick death.


But if the PE is near the main artery, or lodged in a smaller set of arteries or veins, it is less likely to result in an instant death.  This means that a patient’s condition must be immediately identified and treated to present the PE from pushing further into the lungs and causing worse injuries or death.  When an emergency room doctor fails to identify and treat a PE, it can be wrongful death.


Aortic Dissections and Wrongful Death


An aortic dissection is the most serious condition on this least which is likely to cause wrongful death.  And it is also most likely that you never heard of it.  An aortic dissection is when the lining of the arteries leaving the heart split, tear, or fray in a manner which blood can go into the lining.  There are three linings.  When blood feels in with one lining, it can disrupt the flow of oxygen and compromise the artery.  If the artery is compromised too far, it will result in a full rupture and wrongful death.


The symptoms of an aortic dissection mimic that of a heart attack and stroke.  But when both conditions are ruled out, emergency room physicians should be next checking for a PE or aortic dissection.  But most do not, and most actually discharge a patient with an aortic dissection to home for rest.  This is a death sentence.


Families Who Lost a Loved One Due to the Wrongful Death Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice Should Call Us Today


If your loved one was wrongfully killed due to a misdiagnosis, call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  We handle cases throughout Oregon, including anywhere in Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Vancouver, Washington, Lake Oswego, Albany, Corvallis, Coos Bay, Redmond, Sisters, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Astoria, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our law office is located.


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