Compartment syndrome is a condition that occurs when a group of muscles
or organs come together and form a “compartment.” Fascia,
a strong web of tissue, builds up around the walls of the compartments
and if an injury or internal bleeding is present, blood or fluid can begin
to fill the compartment. This excessive pressure can affect blood flow
to and from the tissues. Compartment syndrome is a serious condition and
may require emergency surgical procedure to avoid long-term or even permanent damage.
Compartment syndrome is most likely to develop in the abdomen, arms, and
legs of the body. The most common type of compartment syndrome occurs
after a bone break in the arm or leg. This is known as acute compartment
syndrome and often develops over the course of a few hours to a few days.
When a broken bone is the cause, the condition may develop due to the
fracture or from the pressure built up by edema or bleeding. Even surgery
after the injury can cause compartment syndrome.
Two other types of compartment syndrome can occur, including chronic and
Chronic compartment syndrome is often caused by consistent activity such
as a vigorous workout routine. It normally occurs in the buttock, lower
leg, or thigh and can take days or even weeks to develop.
Abdominal compartment syndrome is often caused by some kind of serious
injury or illness. These include, but are not limited to:
If you are experiencing symptoms like deep aches, severe pain, numbness,
tightness, swelling, or bruising, it may be because of compartment syndrome.
Pain varies by location and type of compartment syndrome. It is important
to seek medical attention if you believe that you have compartment syndrome
as it can require immediate surgery. Oftentimes, because the symptoms
can be confused with other conditions, a medical professional may not
correctly diagnose your situation. When this happens, it can be considered
A misdiagnosis for compartment syndrome can have serious consequences as
failure to provide proper treatment can cause permanent damage. It is
crucial that the doctor or physician look at all of the warning signs
and consider all options for the symptoms.
Medical malpractice claims allow patients to hold their medical professional responsible for
any serious injury caused because of their negligence. Medical professionals
are expected to uphold a standard of care and it is their duty to make
sure they properly diagnose the patient. When they fail in this duty and
serious injury or illness occurs, the patient shouldn’t have to
live with the mistake of his or her doctor. They may be able to take legal
action to help with any expenses they incur regarding this mishap.
In order to reduce the dangers of compartment syndrome, there are specific
treatment options available. When a doctor misdiagnosis a patient, these
treatments may not be provided and it can leave the injured with further issues.
At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers
understand the dangers of a misdiagnosis. We take the necessary steps
to gather details regarding your situation including the symptoms you
felt, the tests ran by the doctor or physician, the process to rule out
compartment syndrome, and more. We aim to build the strongest case possible
to help our clients seek the compensation they deserve for medical costs,
rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, lost earning potential, and more.
We take cases of medical malpractice seriously and we want to make sure
that our clients understand their rights.
Call us today for your free case evaluation and learn how we may be able to help you.