Compartment syndrome compensation can be claimed where there has been delayed diagnosis of compartment syndrome or delayed surgery to treat compartment syndrome due to Medical Negligence.
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Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome Include:
Decreased sensation in the affected area
Paleness of skin
Severe pain that continues to build and worsen
Causes of compartment syndrome
There are many causes. It can occur after trauma, a car accident, even after playing sports. A crushing injury can be a trigger, or being kicked by a horse, for example.
Have you had Compartment Syndrome resulting in amputation?
Compartment syndrome occurs when increased pressure builds in the ‘compartment’ surrounding muscle. It can then reduce and even block blood flow to the muscles and nerves. If treatment is delayed, permanent damage to the muscles and the nerves in the area occurs.
Relieving the pressure, often done with a cut to the area, can help prevent permanent damage. Not doing so fast enough, though, can cause the muscles to die and require limb amputation.
Was treatment fast enough?
Mostly doctors react fast enough when patients complain of the pain and discomfort. This pain and discomfort are because of the build-up of pressure. Doctors can diagnose this condition based on the pain, and upon seeing swollen, shiny skin. Also, doctors can do investigations to measure the pressure within the compartment.
Doctors can surgically relieve the pressure, leave the wound to remain open for a few days and then close the wound. However, if this does not happen fast enough, the pressure can build very quickly causing the muscle to die. If the muscle dies, amputation of the arm or leg may be necessary.
If a doctor does not act quickly enough, this is substandard medical care. A patient may well choose to bring a claim in medical negligence and claim compartment syndrome compensation. Clearly, loss of a limb is life-changing.