Millions of people in the United States suffer from asthma. Asthma ranges in severity, but it can become fatal for many people of not properly treated. However, treatment comes only with a diagnosis. At The Weitz Firm, LLC we know how dangerous misdiagnosis of asthma can be. If you or a loved one have died because a medical professional failed to properly diagnose a condition, seek legal assistance today. Our Philadelphia failure to diagnose lawyers will get to work on your behalf today in order to secure the compensation you deserve.
Dr. Kyle Happen recently spoke to the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians. He said, “Asthma is a disease whose symptoms are caused by variable airflow obstruction. It varies throughout the day, usually, and certainly by the week or by the month.”
His words highlight what those suffering from asthma know – this is a hard disease to deal with. However, it is commonly misdiagnosed.
Asthma is a common disease. When properly diagnosed, it can be treated and most patients can lead relatively normal lives. Yes, even patients who have been diagnosed and are on preventative treatment can still suffer emergencies, but most patients survive.
Asthma can lead to a rapid onset of respiratory emergencies that can lower the amount of oxygen a person receives. This could lead to the need for a visit to the emergency room, but it can also cause long-term brain damage or death.
The most dangerous thing about uncontrolled asthma is the chronic swelling of a person’s airways. This can lead to a process called remodeling that happens over time, leading to eventual scarring of the lungs. Failing to control asthma can lead to COPD after many years.
Some studies have shown that an underdiagnosis of asthma may be caused by medical professionals failing to recognize the disease attributing a person’s symptoms to other issues such as obesity, deconditioning, cardiac disease, or other causes.
Doctors must perform full examinations and objective tests when a person presents signs and symptoms of asthma. Even though this is a common disease, proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for a person’s health and long-term well-being.
If someone you love has lost their life due to asthma that was not diagnosed by a healthcare professional, you may be entitled to compensation. At The Weitz Firm, LLC we specialize in these cases and will get to the bottom of what happened. Let our knowledgeable and experienced team get to work investigating your case so we can secure: