Denver Compartment Syndrome Lawyers
Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure in the muscle(s) builds up in an enclosed space of the body from swelling or bleeding. Compartment syndrome most commonly occurs in legs, arms or the abdomen.
Acute compartment syndrome usually develops following a severe injury from a car crash or bone fracture. It can also occur following a surgical procedure repairing a bone fracture. The development of the swelling or bleeding can occur over the course of hours or days. As the pressure increases the blood cannot flow appropriately and does not supply the surrounding tissue and muscle with nourishment and oxygen. The tissue and muscle in that area starts to die from not receiving adequate blood supply.
Acute compartment syndrome is considered an emergent medical condition that needs immediate diagnosis and surgical intervention, a fasciotomy. To quickly diagnose acute compartment syndrome, the compartment pressures of the suspected area need to be gauged.
Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has prosecuted cases regarding compartment syndrome. It is not the victim’s fault. Contact us online or call (303) 759-9945 to speak to a top Denver medical malpractice lawyer about your case.
Compartment syndrome may be caused by someone else’s negligence – for example, the guy who crashed into you, or the landlord who didn’t repair a broken guardrail on the stairs. In those cases, you are justified in filing a personal injury lawsuit against that person’s insurance company.
But after the injury, compartment syndrome may actually develop due to poor hospital care. For example, if medical providers:
- Fail to notice signs and symptoms of compartment syndrome
- Fail to rule out compartment syndrome after a trauma
- Fail to treat compartment syndrome quickly and effectively
Our team won a $6.5 million verdict in a jury trial for a New Zealand Olympic Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle coach who experienced medical malpractice. Unfortunately, while demonstrating a basic snowboard maneuver for members of the New Zealand Women’s Olympic Slopeside Snowboard Team, our client hooked an edge of his snowboard and missed the landing of his jump resulting in a high energy tibial plateau fracture on his left leg, and a high energy calcaneal fracture on his right heel.
At St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, he received emergency surgery. But afterward, he developed compartment syndrome. Thanks to negligent aftercare, it went undiagnosed for days. Emergency surgeries were required to save his leg and his life, but this top-level athlete is now confined to a wheelchair, suffering complex regional pain syndrome.
If you have questions about a case of compartment syndrome that you or someone you love suffered, speak to Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. immediately. There is a statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice, and the sooner we examine the evidence, the better. If we see you have a case, we will front all costs for litigation and only take our fee if and when we recover compensation for you.
Call (877) 433-3906 to set up your no-cost consultation. Since 1981, our firm has been handling complex medical malpractice and personal injury claims across the United States. Our cases have broken state records and changed public policy, but our clients are what comes first.
- Compartment Syndrome: Causes, Types, and Symptoms - Healthline
- Compartment Syndrome - OrthoInfo - AAOS
- Compartment Syndrome - MedlinePlus