The human body is a fascinating example of interconnected systems. In parts of the body, such as the legs and the arms, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels are all compartmentalized. The lower part of the leg, for instance, has four fascial compartments. In these sections, the muscles all have their own divisions of veins, arteries, and nerves. Fascial tissue is what keeps each unit separate from another.
Acute compartment syndrome (ACS) occurs when one or more of these compartments experiences excessive pressure from increased fluid volume. Like a water balloon, the fascia can only handle a certain amount of force before it bursts. Most cases of ACS arise from trauma accidents, such as a car crash. When bone fractures, it may cause bleeding leading to excessive fluid buildup and pressure. If left untreated, ACS can lead to extreme pain, amputation, infection, and even kidney failure. If this is the case, a Pittsburgh acute compartment syndrome attorney may be able to help.
The agony resulting from ACS is typically more extreme than the discomfort normally associated with an injury. Sometimes, non-traumatic conditions, including bleeding disorders, vascular disease, and prolonged compression, can cause ACS. ACS requires surgical intervention. Failing to seek a surgical consultation or failure to diagnose the condition in time could lead to permanent damage in a matter of hours. ACS is a true medical emergency.
If you suffered permanent damage after your doctor failed to diagnose and treat ACS, you could be compensated for your injuries. At Matzus Law, our experienced Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of medical malpractice cases.
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Before a physician uses pressure measurements to confirm an ACS diagnosis, he or she may complete a physical examination and go over a patient’s history. The symptoms of ACS are typically easy to recognize, and any physician operating under a standard level of care will recommend an emergency fasciotomy to relieve the pressure that has built up in the compartment. Unfortunately, a delay in diagnosing ACS may occur. If a physician fails to diagnose ACS in time, fails to recommend immediate treatment, or fails to facilitate the proper care at a hospital that can perform the procedure, he or she may be guilty of medical negligence. Other acts of negligence that may contribute to an ACS malpractice case include mistakes made during the fasciotomy or the contraction of a hospital caused illness.
In the majority of ACS cases, a physician should have reasonably been able to identify, confirm, and take action to remedy the condition. If he or she fails to do so and you or someone you love suffers severe injury or death as a result, consider taking legal action against the individual responsible. Permanent damage from ACS is highly avoidable if handled timely and in the right manner. At Matzus Law, we understand ACS and the situations that can lead to medical malpractice cases. These cases are often emotionally trying and highly technical. Proving negligence will require an independent investigation into previous care practices, medical records, and witness accounts of the situation. If the injury or death could have been prevented, we will not rest until we have held the responsible party accountable.
Our firm only handles select cases so we can focus our attention on the cases we accept. Each case we take is handled on contingency fee basis, so you will not owe us anything unless we obtain a financial recovery your behalf. Damage caused by improperly diagnosed or treated ACS can be painful, severe, and life altering, let our Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorney help. Do not wait to start investigating the cause of your injury.
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