Untreated hypertension can lead to severe damage of blood vessels and major organs. In the most severe cases, untreated hypertension can lead to death. If you believe you or someone close to you has suffered harm due to a medical professional’s negligence in treating your high blood pressure, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Syracuse medical malpractice attorneys can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal rights and options.
Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels. The pressure depends on the work being done by the heart and the resistance of the blood vessels. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a long-term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. According to the American Heart Association, a patient has high blood pressure if he or she has a systolic blood pressure (i.e., the force of blood during heartbeats) reading of 130 mmHg or higher and a diastolic blood pressure (i.e., the force of blood while the heart is resting) reading of 80 mmHg or higher. Normal blood pressure is 120 over 80 mmHg.
Having high blood pressure can put a person at risk for heart disease, which is currently the number one cause of death among Americans. In fact, high blood pressure can lead to severe complications and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and even death. Approximately 85 million people in the United States have high blood pressure.
If a patient is suffering from extreme hypertension, he or she will exhibit key symptoms that medical professionals are trained to recognize. These symptoms include intense pain in the chest, swelling, seizures, shortness of breath, anxiety, and bleeding from the eyes. When these symptoms are present, every moment matters in terms of receiving treatment. Failing to provide timely treatment can lead to serious conditions, such as pulmonary edema, confusion, congestive heart failure, aortic dissection, aneurysm, and hemorrhagic stroke.
The failure of a medical professional to identify and respond to hypertension in a timely manner could constitute medical malpractice. In New York, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional causes an injury or death by failing to adhere to the standard of care that a medical professional in the same specialty would have used under the same or similar circumstances. The burden of proof in medical malpractice cases is on the plaintiff, who must establish every element of malpractice by a preponderance of the evidence.
If you or your loved one has been injured due to a medical professional’s failure to treat hypertension properly, you need to reach out to a skilled Syracuse medical malpractice attorney without delay. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we have successfully recovered compensation for many New York clients who were victims of malpractice and can do the same for you. To speak to one of our attorneys in more detail about your case, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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