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Failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism: possible recovery

Doctors are human and humans are prone to commit mistakes. That is why hospitals adopt multiple redundancies to ensure that every error is caught before it develops into a grave or fatal condition. For example, pulmonary embolisms are caused by blood clots, pockets of air or other substances that block the pulmonary arteries which feed blood into the lungs. If a pulmonary embolism goes untreated or undiagnosed, it can and often does become fatal. This post will go over how you may recover for a misdiagnosed pulmonary embolism ("PE").

There are between 300,000 to 600,000 PEs a year, which result in about 200,000 fatalities. As these figures illustrate, PEs are incredibly serious and disproportionately fatal. When a PE blocks blood flow to the lungs, patients suffer from dangerously low blood pressure or even death.

Luckily, if a PE is caught, it is easily treated with blood thinners and anticoagulants. These drugs break up the clot before it can cause any serious damage. But doctors do not always catch these conditions.

To establish your right to compensation, you must prove that the doctor deviated from accepted medical practices when it comes to the detection and treatment of PEs. If the doctor did everything that a reasonable doctor in her specialty would do, then she is not liable.

If you believe you or a loved one suffered from misdiagnosis, you may want to speak with an attorney. As illustrated above, there are a few ways you can seek recovery for your injuries. But you don't want to try to get it on your own; a lawyer can help you. A pulmonary embolism is a complicated condition, with a complex history that's hard to link with a particular cause. An attorney can help you prove your case.

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