An aortic dissection is a life-threatening situation, requiring early analysis and remedy. Sadly, traditional signs are sometimes misdiagnosed or dismissed, which shortly result in the affected person’s demise. We have now expertise of efficiently investigating claims of this nature.
What’s an aortic dissection?
The aorta is the biggest blood vessel within the physique which carries blood from the center, descending by means of the chest and stomach. An aortic dissection happens when the interior layer of the aorta tears. Blood then surges by means of the tear, inflicting the interior and center layers of the aorta to separate (dissect).
What are the signs?
An aortic dissection sometimes causes a sudden onset of ache throughout the chest, typically felt within the again or between the shoulder blades. It could actually additionally embody ache within the jaw, face, stomach or decrease extremities and trigger fainting, shortness of breath and make the person really feel chilly, clammy and sweaty. Generally these signs are put right down to one thing else, for instance indigestion and usually are not correctly investigated.
What causes an aortic dissection?
Sure situations could make a tear within the wall of the aorta extra probably, together with unmanaged hypertension over an extended time frame.
How is an aortic dissection identified and handled?
Investigations to diagnose an aortic dissection could embody a blood check, electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, chest X-ray, CT or MRI scan. Remedy entails emergency surgical procedure to restore the broken aorta.
If aortic dissections usually are not identified and handled shortly, they’re typically deadly. We have now expertise of bringing claims on behalf of households the place a demise has occurred following the failure to diagnose an aortic dissection in time.
Our staff have expertise of coping with aortic dissection circumstances. Lately, we concluded a declare for the widow of a gentleman who misplaced his life after these caring for him did not diagnose and deal with an aortic dissection. He left behind two kids and the household had many plans for his or her future. The declare concerned an advanced damages calculation to mirror the household arrange and supply for his kids and widow sooner or later.
Our factsheet about bringing a declare after somebody has died explains extra.
When you’ve got misplaced somebody and are involved that negligent medical remedy could have led to their demise, please contact us on 0207 814 1200 or by e mail email@example.com to debate how we might help.
ABOUT THE AUTHORs
Kirsty Allen has a assorted caseload of medical negligence and private damage issues. Her medical negligence work consists of youngster cerebral palsy and grownup mind damage circumstances, in addition to deadly claims (together with inquests), lack of sight circumstances, in addition to failure to diagnose most cancers and gynaecological claims.
Lydia Holland is a paralegal in our medical negligence and private damage staff.