Wrongful Death Due to a Failure to Diagnose a Brain Aneurysm: Oregon Medical Malpractice

Failing to Diagnose a Brain Aneurysm: A Wrongful Death Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice


A brain aneurysm is an immediate and life threatening medical emergency.  When a healthcare provider fails to timely recognize the telltale symptoms and treat a brain aneurysm, it is very likely that the patient will become a wrongful death victim.  The failure to recognize and treat an aneurysm is likely Oregon medical malpractice and, even if the patient is survives the misdiagnosis, the injuries caused by the delay in treatment may be debilitating and permanent.


What is a Brain Aneurysm?


Your brain is a highly vascularized organ with many blood vessels.  While these blood vessels are very strong, sometimes biological factors (genetics or the shape of the blood vessel) or environmental factors (stress, blood pressure, drugs or alcohol) may stretch or bulge a little section of the vessel like a balloon or bubble.  These little bump could grow to the size of a small blueberry inside of your brain.  Many times people who have aneurysms do not even know they have them and can live a full and active life without any issues.


However, sometimes these balloons can pop and leak blood at a high rate.  This will cause bleeding on the brain which is known as a hemorrhagic stroke.  This is a medical emergency because the pressure inside the skull, a closed system, will quickly cause brain damage.  This can also cause a lack of blood to the brain in a manner the brain can handle it; i.e., the brain cannot absorb oxygen from the blood outside of it due to the aneurysm, but can from the normal vessels and the capillaries therein.  Think of it like a broken water main.  If a water main is broken the entire street will be flooded, but no water will flow to the residents.  When this happens the brain will be without oxygenated blood.


Signs of a Brain Aneurysm and How These are Misdiagnosed 


There are very obvious signs of a brain aneurysm that medical providers must identify and treat immediately or the victim will die or sufferer irreversible brain damage.  These include the following symptoms:


  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Dilated pupils;
  • Extreme sensitivity to light;
  • Seizures;
  • The “worst headache of your life” (what most patients say that healthcare providers automatically know is something serious);
  • Quick set of double visions or blurred vision with no explanation;
  • Stiff neck or extreme neck pain with no explanation;
  • Confusion or trouble processing information;
  • Loss of balance;
  • Extreme and sudden fatigue or drowsiness with no explanation;
  • Inability to focus;
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness;
  • Brain above and behind an eye;
  • Difficult time with speech; and
  • Other concerning symptoms.


While a trained medical professional will recognize these signs and symptoms as an immediate medical emergency, some will not.  This is because some emergency medical professionals will misinterpret these symptoms as something else.  However, what these symptoms will be misinterpreted as should warrant a CT-scan of the brain which would reveal the brain aneurysm.  Other times medical providers will misread the tests or believe the symptoms are something else.  In the worst of Oregon medical malpractice cases, a healthcare provider will actually fail entirely to see the patient immediately because the patient was mis-triaged, or not marked a priority.


Victims Seriously Injured or Wrongfully Killed Due to a Brain Aneurysm 


If your or a loved one were permanently and seriously injured due to a brain aneurysm, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed due to a brain aneurysm that was misdiagnosed or delayed in diagnosis, you may have a claim for Oregon medical malpractice.  Here at Kuhlman Law, LLC, our compassionate Bend wrongful death lawyer knows how difficult it is for a family that has lost a loved one due to a preventable medical error.  We can help recover compensation for the family to help cover the costs of extreme medical bills, burial expenses, and lost income.


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