Wrongful Death from Aortic Dissections: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

How Aortic Dissections Can Cause Wrongful Death: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


An aortic dissection, also known as an aortic aneurysm, is a life-threatening condition.  According to the CDC, it causes almost 10,000 deaths a year and contributes to almost 18,000 deaths in some manner.  An aortic dissection requires risky surgery to repair, and a delay in treatment often leads to the wrongful death of a patient.  This is a serious medical emergency and requires hospital staff to competently perform their job within the standard of care to save the life of a victim.  Failing to competently and promptly treat an aortic dissection can be Oregon medical malpractice.


Overview of Wrongful Death Actions Due to an Aortic Dissection


Given the seriousness of an aortic dissection, the failure to treat an aortic dissection will likely result in the wrongful death of a patient.  This means that the hospital or medical provider’s negligence will have resulted in the unnecessary death of a loved one.  Under Oregon law, a family is allowed to stand in the shoes of their loved one to litigate the matter on behalf of their deceased loved one.  The purpose is to allow the family to prosecute the action as if they were the victim.  


This means the family can bring both the personal injury claim which resulted in the wrongful death, as well as a wrongful death action on the family’s own behalf.  This is because Oregon law also recognizes that the family—the dependents—also have a claim for a Central Oregon wrongful death.  Family members such as spouses, children, parents, or other dependents may be entitled to compensation for loss of society and companionship of their loved one, loss of income and financial support, and loss of services such as household help, childcare, and daily living help.  Family members have these claims under Oregon law to allow them compensation to make them able to support themselves the best that they can while they grieve.


How Does an Aortic Dissection Cause the Wrongful Death of a Victim?


An aortic dissection is just what it sounds like.  This is when an aorta, a large and important vessel coming right from the heart and sending vital oxygenated blood to the reach of the body, suffers a tear.  This tear is usually in just the first layer of the aortic, which means that blood will pool in between the first layer and the middle layer.  The pressure will slowly build and make that tear larger.  This does two things.  One, it makes the heart have to work much harder to effectively pump blood throughout the body.  This could lead to heart failure if the tear does not grow any bigger.  


But two, it can make the tear grow larger, deeper, and more likely to rupture.  The middle layer can also be ruptured which means blood will be pressing against the outer layer.  This is dangerous and can lead to a rupture.  If there is a rupture of the aorta, a patient is likely to die within minutes.  This is why it is imperative to diagnose and treat an aortic dissection immediately, especially when it is just the first and inner-most layer that is torn.


The Families of Wrongful Death Victims of an Aortic Dissection Should Call Kuhlman Law, LLC


If a family member suffered an aortic dissection, went to the hospital or a healthcare provider, and subsequently passed away, call Kuhlman Law, LLC to evaluated your case.  There may not have bene anything that a hospital could have done to saved your loved one in this unfortunate tragedy.  But in some instances, there are many things that healthcare provider should have done but failed to identify, evaluate, and treat an aortic dissection.  These errors could have resulted in guaranteeing that a loved one would pass away from an aortic dissection and it may be Oregon medical malpractice.


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