Compartment syndrome is an illness which affects the limbs and causes insufficient blood supply to the affected area. The condition is usually caused by an injury and the lack of blood supply affects the muscles and nerves of the limb affected. The ‘compartment’ in the name of the condition refers to groups of muscles which are contained in a space enclosed by layers of tissue. Compartment syndrome can be acute or chronic depending on the nature of the injury. The acute type comes on straight away requiring immediate treatment to alleviate the pressure on the muscles and nerves. Injuries causing this include crushing a limb or a fracture and sufferers will encounter intense pain in the area.
If left untreated, muscle damage or muscle death may occur requiring amputation of the limb. Chronic compartment syndrome comes on more gradually and is less serious than the acute version. Sufferers may notice intense cramping, usually during repetitive motion activities such as exercise. A GP will rule out any other muscle pain injuries or conditions before diagnosing compartment syndrome. As it can be difficult to diagnose if chronic, misdiagnosis has the potential to occur.
How to determine whether negligence took place
It is important to remember that chronic compartment syndrome is usually diagnosed after other disorders are ruled out so your doctor may have to send you for further tests and you may need to report to a specialist. However, if you discover that you have this disorder and were not sent for thorough examination, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Should you have suffered serious damage to a limb because an acute form of the condition was not diagnosed, you may be able to hold the person responsible liable. Where there is evidence of medical negligence, you can file your claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
How to contact us regarding your case
Accident Advice Helpline is a reputable law firm which has 14 years of experience helping victims of potential negligence to make a compensation claim. Should there be evidence that someone else was negligent and you have suffered further pain, suffering or more injuries as a result, you can contact us to discuss your case. Our helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and is free to call if you wish to speak to an adviser. Alternatively, you can make a quick claim on our website using our 30-second test.
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown