Pericardial Effusion May Lead to Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

A lot of people don’t know this, but the heart is surrounded by a membrane that protects it from friction as well as holds it in place in the chest cavity. This is known as the pericardium, which in itself is filled with a small amount of fluid to prevent any jarring shock from impacting this vital organ. Pericardial effusion refers to fluid build-up around the pericardium, which can then impede the normal functioning of the heart and even cause death if not treated in a timely manner. This is because the whole body is dependent upon the heart beating and supplying it with oxygen and other nutrients at all times. Well-trained physicians are taught to quickly identify and diagnose pericardial effusion before it becomes something called cardiac tamponade, which has been shown to significantly lower an individual’s survival rate. If you or someone you know suffered tamponade due to pericardial effusion, you have every right to file a legal claim to recover substantial compensation so you can get the treatment, justice and closure you need.

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Here are some of the risks factors that may lead to pericardial effusion:

  1. Chest trauma such as in the case of an accident
  2. Fungal, viral or bacterial infection
  3. As a side-effect of chemotherapy
  4. Due to complications of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
  5. Hypothyroidism
  6. As a side-effect of radiation cancer therapy
  7. Inflammation and metabolic disease
  8. As a side-effect of open-heart surgery
  9. Cancer metastasis or the spreading of cancer

Here are the key symptoms of pericardial effusion

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Passing our suddenly
  • Weakness
  • A crushing feeling in one’s chest
  • Nausea
  • Your heart may beat faster
  • The veins in your neck may become enlarged
  • Swelling of one’s abdomen
  • Swelling of one’s legs

When pericardial effusion goes on for a long time, it may lead to cardiac tamponade, and this is typically characterized by the appearance of blue skin and lips, confusion and shock. This is a life-threatening medical emergency, and must be treated immediately.

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Negligence with regard to pericardial effusion can take on many forms, such as failing to notice signs of patient distress, not taking a full and comprehensive medical history of the patient, failure to order vital tests, failure to follow up with the patient post-surgery, failure to treat a fungal, bacteria or viral infection in a timely manner, and so on. One can collect compensation for things such as cost of past and future medical care, lost wages, loss of wage-earning capacity, pain and suffering, legal fees and so much more. Please call us NOW at (773) 673-9861 to learn how get started with your legal claim. Thanks, and we look forward to helping you.