An aortic dissection is a life-threatening situation, requiring early analysis and remedy. Sadly, basic signs are sometimes misdiagnosed or dismissed, which shortly result in the affected person’s dying. We’ve got expertise of efficiently investigating claims of this nature.
What’s an aortic dissection?
The aorta is the most important blood vessel within the physique which carries blood from the guts, descending via the chest and stomach. An aortic dissection happens when the interior layer of the aorta tears. Blood then surges via the tear, inflicting the interior and center layers of the aorta to separate (dissect).
What are the signs?
An aortic dissection usually causes a sudden onset of ache throughout the chest, typically felt within the again or between the shoulder blades. It might probably 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. Typically these signs are put all the way down to one thing else, for instance indigestion and are usually not correctly investigated.
What causes an aortic dissection?
Sure circumstances could make a tear within the wall of the aorta extra seemingly, together with unmanaged hypertension over a protracted time period.
How is an aortic dissection recognized 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 are usually not recognized and handled shortly, they’re typically deadly. We’ve got expertise of bringing claims on behalf of households the place a dying has occurred following the failure to diagnose an aortic dissection in time.
Our group have expertise of coping with aortic dissection circumstances. Just lately, we concluded a declare for the widow of a gentleman who misplaced his life after these caring for him didn’t diagnose and deal with an aortic dissection. He left behind two youngsters and the household had many plans for his or her future. The declare concerned a sophisticated damages calculation to mirror the household arrange and supply for his youngsters 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 dying, please contact us on 0207 814 1200 or by electronic mail email@example.com to debate how we may also help.
ABOUT THE AUTHORs
Kirsty Allen has a diverse caseload of medical negligence and private harm issues. Her medical negligence work contains youngster cerebral palsy and grownup mind harm 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 harm group.