Few people ever think about it, but the muscles in our legs and arms are contained in "compartments" which are bounded by a tough surrounding tissue called "fascia." When a muscle swells beyond a certain point due to injury or overexertion, it can completely fill its compartment to a point where there is not enough space for other structures in the compartment to function properly. "Compartment syndrome" is a painful condition that occurs when pressure within the compartments builds to dangerous levels, pinching off blood supply to the muscles and nerves and damaging those tissues, sometimes with devastating results. Many, many patients who suffer compartment syndrome lose some or all of the use of the affected arm or leg. Some of our clients have even had to have their legs amputated.
Compartment Syndrome Medical Malpractice
Doctors and nurses are taught that compartment syndrome is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment with a surgery called a "fasciotomy" to relieve the excess pressure can prevent any serious damage, but from the moment that compartment syndrome symptoms start to appear, the clock is ticking. When doctors or nurses ignore symptoms of compartment syndrome, patients and their families suffer. Our clients have lost their jobs, their homes, their life savings, their mobility, and their self respect. Some of our clients were lucky that the compartment syndrome didn't kill them.
Sadly, these consequences all occurred because a doctor or a nurse wasn’t paying attention, or wouldn’t listen to the complaints of their patients. This constitutes medical malpractice, and if you have been a victim of compartment syndrome malpractice, you deserve to be compensated for your loss. After all, it isn’t too much to ask that doctors and nurses pay attention to our symptoms when so much is at stake.
Polewski & Associates Can Help
At Polewski & Associates, our medical negligence lawyers know how to handle compartment syndrome cases. Our Dallas attorneys understand the anatomy and the medical issues, and we know the defenses that the lawyers defending negligent doctors will inevitably raise.
Compartment syndrome claims are serious cases involving serious injuries. The lawyers for the doctors who caused the problem are well trained medical malpractice lawyers. You need experienced compartment syndrome medical malpractice lawyers on your side, too. There is simply too much at stake for you to trust your case to lawyers who do not specialize in medical malpractice, or to lawyers who have never handled a compartment syndrome case.
But don’t delay. Just like there was a clock ticking when the doctors and nurses didn’t pay attention to your compartment syndrome, there is a clock ticking on how long you have to file suit for your injuries. Our medical negligence lawyers know the important deadlines governing these cases, and we will make sure your claim is filed before these deadlines pass.
Please contact Polewski & Associates today to schedule your free initial consultation. Our medical negligence attorneys serve clients in Dallas and throughout Texas and Arkansas.