We all rely on skilled physicians and those in the medical field. We trust them with the things that are most valuable to us, which are the health and lives of ourselves and the people we care about most. Doctors aren’t infallible though; they are people too, and sometimes, doctors make mistakes. Often caused by negligence, physician errors can have a negative impact on health, and sometimes these mistakes are so severe they lead to a patient’s death. No matter the cause of the mistake, as a missed diagnosis, improper courses of treatment, or other error can be classified as medical negligence or malpractice.

In the event of even potential medical negligence, those injured need to contact an attorney who knows malpractice law. At Law Offices of Gary Green, experienced medical malpractice and medical negligence lawyers are ready to help. Many people are unaware of their recovery possibilities when it comes to physician and medical care missteps. Often working with a medical malpractice attorney is the best way to figure out what the next best course of action may be.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Gary Green understand the struggles that come with understanding malpractice, and they can help you understand your rights. You and your attorney will discuss your situation, and you may be entitled to compensation, and in the unfortunate event of wrongful death due to malpractice, compensation for family members may be due as well.

There are many types of negligence that warrant a medical malpractice lawsuit, and as such, Law Offices Gary Green practices malpractice law including, but not limited to, medical malpractice, compartment syndrome, and birth injury. We understand that something as seemingly simple as a doctor prescribing the wrong medication, or making an improper diagnosis could actually be devastating. Also, it is important to note that nurses and assisting physicians might have also played an important role in your situation.

Any medical malpractice effect can ripple throughout all areas of your life, especially if you end up suffering from temporary or permanent disability or additional medical issues. Doctor negligence can leave you and your family with stress, mental anguish, and financial distress due to things like medical bills and lost wages. If malpractice leads to the victim’s death, there is an additional impact on the family due to the loss of companionship from their lost loved one and a need for care and comfort. A medical malpractice suit helps to recover compensation for these hardships in such a difficult time.

Any type of malpractice could potentially impact all areas of your life, so act now if you or someone you loves may be a victim of some form of medical malpractice or doctor negligence. You need to find out if you are entitled to receive compensation. To learn more, please contact Law Offices of Gary Green today by calling us toll free at 1-888-442-7947. You can also reach out by email to ggreen@gGreen.com. We would love to offer you a no obligation consultation with an experienced, caring medical malpractice attorney to help you learn about your rights.

Compartment syndrome, an excess of pressure building inside an enclosed space in the body, usually results from bleeding or swelling after an injury. Dangerously high pressure impedes the flow of blood to and from the affected tissues and can cause permanent injury, or require emergency surgery to prevent permanent injury.

Groups of organs or muscles are organized into “compartments.” Connective tissue called fascia form the walls of these compartments. After an injury, blood or fluid may accumulate in the compartment, and the fascia cannot easily expand to accommodate the fluid causing the rise in pressure. Treatment requires a prompt diagnosis. If quickly treated, excessive pressure can be relieved without damaging blood vessels or tissue. A misdiagnosis or delay can cause severe tissue damage with loss of body function, amputation, or even death.

Based on the patient’s symptoms and complaints, and taking into account any injury that may have preceded the complaint, the doctor or hospital must rule out other possible causes of the pain. The onset of compartment syndrome varies from hours to days after the initial injury.

You should keep a few things in mind about your diagnosis.

1. Doctors and nurses are taught that compartment syndrome is a medical emergency. If a patient’s symptoms and complaints are ignored, or the hospital staff is not paying attention, and the patient goes untreated long enough, the results can be devastating.

2. There are tests a physician can perform to measure the pressure in compartments in patients whose injuries put them at risk for developing compartment syndrome, or whenever clinical signs and symptoms are absent or confusing.

3. Common symptoms of compartment syndrome include:

  • Excessive pain
  • Absence of color
  • Lack of feeling
  • Paralysis in the muscle
  • No blood flow

Complaints of any of these symptoms should be considered by the doctor to gauge the pressure within the muscle compartment.

4. Injuries or permanent bodily damage sustained due to a compartment syndrome complication may have been preventable. Many patients who suffer compartment syndrome lose more than the affected tissue. They have lost jobs, homes, life savings, mobility, and sometimes their lives.

If you were diagnosed, misdiagnosed, or suffered a compartment syndrome loss, contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail. Our medical malpractice lawyers are here to discuss your legal options and a possible malpractice suit.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:40

Compartment Syndrome

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Acute Compartment Syndrome is an acute medical problem following injury, surgery or in most cases repetitive and extensive muscle use in which increased pressure (usually caused by inflammation) within a confined space and without proper treatment, may lead to nerve damage and muscle death. This condition is most commonly seen in the leg. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate surgery known as a fasciotomy to allow the pressure to return to normal.

The connective tissue that defines the compartment does not stretch. A small amount of bleeding into the compartment, or swelling of the muscles within the compartment can cause the pressure to rise greatly.

Common Causes of Compartment Syndrome include:

  • Tibial or forearm fractures
  • Hemorrhage (bleeding)
  • IV Drug injection
  • Prolonged limb compression, crush injuries and burns
  • Casts

Signs and Symptoms: (Known as the 6 “P”s)

  • Pain out of proportion to what is expected
  • Paraesthesias (altered sensation)
  • Passive Stretch pain
  • Pulseless
  • Paralysis
  • Pressure on passive extension of the compartment

Pain is often reported early and almost universally. The patient usually reports deep, constant, and poorly localized pain that is usually out of proportion with the injury. Pain is aggravated by stretching the muscle group and is not relieved by medication up to and including Morphine.

Parestheisa is altered sensation e.g. “Sticks & Needles”.

Paralysis & Passive Stretch of the limb is usually a late finding. The affected compartment may feel very tense and firm as well as pressure.

Failure to relieve the pressure can result in necrosis (death) of tissue in that compartment and hypoxia (lack of oxygen) of those tissues. If left untreated, Acute Compartment Syndrome can lead to more severe conditions and loss of the affected limb.

If you you or a loved one is suffering from Compartment Syndrome, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 to discuss your legal options or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:04

Wrongful Death

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

It is nothing short of a tragedy when a loved one’s death could have been avoided. In terms of the law, a wrongful death claim is when a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company, or entity. Immediate family members of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim to recover damages from pain and suffering, lost wages, mental anguish, loss of companionship, medical costs, and other expenses.

These situations are not accidents when there is someone at fault. Most of our practice is devoted to wrongful death and personal injury claims. We know what to expect in your attempt to be compensated for a loss. We have the experience and the acumen to help you find justice and peace during your time of duress.

We accept wrongful death claims on a contingent basis. All cases are unique, so call us toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com if you have questions or need additional information.