A Compartment Syndrome Lawyer Can Protect Your Interests
Compartment syndrome is a serious and painful condition. When acute compartment syndrome occurs after a serious injury, it can be extremely dangerous for patients and surgical intervention is the only effective treatment. Unfortunately, a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or other medical error can lead to serious consequences for patients suffering from this condition. Gary A. Zucker & Associates are skilled medical malpractice attorneys who provide aggressive legal representation by working hard to hold negligent medical practitioners accountable for their actions and protecting the interests of our clients. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been injured due to the failure of timely diagnosis and treatment, a dedicated member of our team can represent you as a compartment syndrome lawyer in Brooklyn, NY, and seek full compensation for your suffering and losses.
What is Compartment Syndrome?
The human body contains several compartments that enclose muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. These areas are held in place by a tough and unyielding tissue called fascia. After a traumatic injury, this enclosed space can become full due to swollen muscle tissues or bleeding, thus increasing the pressure within the compartment to dangerous levels. This effect can cut off blood supply to the nerves and muscle tissues, as well as damage the muscle itself.
Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome
Compartment syndrome most commonly occurs in the compartments of our limbs. In cases affecting the legs, the majority are caused due to trauma to the tibia. The most common symptom of this condition is severe pain, more than would typically be experienced with the level of injury sustained. Other signs include decreased sensation or numbness, and a sensation of muscle tightness. Paresthesia, or a burning sensation, is usually indicative that permanent damage has already taken place. Similarly, numbness or paralysis are late-stage symptoms as well.
The importance of timely diagnosis and treatment cannot be overemphasized in cases of acute compartment syndrome. If healthcare professionals do not exercise due precaution and watch for its signs, victims can be left to face debilitating consequences. Without treatment, compartment syndrome can cause muscle death, permanent disability, and even loss of limbs. In the case of abdominal compartment syndrome, it can even lead to the shutdown of vital organs. Decompressive surgery by fasciotomy is the only treatment option that can relieve the buildup of pressure.
Video: Compartment Syndrome Lawsuit
Attorney Gary Zucker can help obtain compensation for your suffering with a compartment syndrome lawsuit. This condition occurs when bleeding or swelling in a person's muscles after an injury or surgery creates enormous pressure. Left untreated, it can permanently damage a patient's nerves or muscles, or even lead to a shutdown of their vital organs.
How Your Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
The law firm of Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. has established an extensive record in successfully representing medical malpractice cases. We have all the resources necessary to build a strong claim, especially in complex cases that need to prove that the injuries were caused due to failure to diagnose and treat compartment syndrome in time, and not as a result of the initial trauma.
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Lost or reduced income potential
- Ongoing rehabilitation and care
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
When you choose us to represent your case, we work tirelessly to investigate your claim, gathering pertinent evidence by going through hospital records and your personal medical history. We may also call upon the services of medical experts and specialists - including a former physician who is now a member of our team - who can help strengthen your claim of medical negligence.
When you choose us to represent your case, we work tirelessly to investigate your claim, gathering pertinent evidence by going through hospital records and your personal medical history.
Schedule a Consultation
If you suspect that medical negligence was the cause of compartment syndrome-related injuries, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We work on a contingency basis, and only accept fees once you have received a settlement or jury verdict.