Although most aneurysms are treatable, they can turn deadly if they are allowed to develop and go undiagnosed. If a doctor or a staff member at a hospital fails to diagnose an aneurysm, those individuals can be held liable for medical malpractice.
Aneurysms are damaged blood vessels which can burst, causing internal bleeding and even death. They can have various symptoms, which depends on where in the body they are located and how severe they are. Some aneurysms occur in the brain, and others occur closer to the heart. Both must be diagnosed quickly in order to increase the patient’s chances of survival. An aneurysm near the heart (an aortic aneurysm) causes pain in the back or chest, nausea, vomiting, and an increased heart rate. A brain aneurysm can cause a sudden migraine, vomiting, light sensitivity, and other symptoms that mimic a stroke.
When patients show the symptoms of an aneurysm, the hospital staff and/or doctors must immediately locate the aneurysm in order to help prevent damage to the blood vessels and to help reduce the likelihood that the patient will bleed internally or suffer other conditions that are common linked to aneurysms. If the medical professionals involved are able to begin treatment quickly, there are several viable ways to treat the aneurysm.
If you or a loved one suffered from an aneurysm that went undiagnosed in Houston, and you believe that occurred because of medical malpractice, call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about our firm by visiting our Google Plus page.