If something harms cells, the body’s immune system responds to heal itself. If the immune response continues over a long period of time, however, it can lead to chronic inflammation. Although inflammation normally helps the body heal, chronic inflammation may increase the risk of developing several serious medical conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, according to Medical News Today.
Often, inflammation is not serious and does not require treatment, but in some cases, failing to treat it can have life-threatening consequences. For instance, a patient may have an allergic reaction or may develop sepsis, an infection in the blood. Identifying and managing inflammatory diseases is vital to prevent complications.
A misdiagnosis, or a delay in reaching a correct diagnosis, can have devastating consequences. If a patient does not receive appropriate care, a serious condition can become worse and affect the person’s health and quality of life. It can also lead to medical bills for the wrong treatments, or more expensive bills later to deal with a disease that has progressed to a more serious stage and is, therefore, harder to treat.
A Los Angeles misdiagnosis of inflammatory diseases lawyer may be able to help you seek justice. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has represented thousands of clients across the United States, including numerous people who had inflammatory diseases that were misdiagnosed. We may be able to file a medical malpractice claim and pursue a financial award to compensate you for your injuries. Call our office at (800) 794-0444 to talk to a member of our staff.
How Inflammation Affects the Body
When the body detects the presence of a foreign body, such as a virus or bacteria, it tries to remove it via the biological response of inflammation. While that response is helpful in most cases, sometimes the body mistakes its own tissues or cells for harmful invaders and tries to eliminate them.
If an illness or injury causes acute inflammation, a person may experience pain, swelling, redness, heat, and difficulty using that part of the body. Acute inflammation usually only lasts a few days. In some cases, an individual may experience no symptoms at all.
Chronic inflammation may occur if an infection or injury caused acute inflammation and the condition went untreated. It may also be caused by an autoimmune disorder or long-term exposure to chemicals, pollution, or other irritants. Smoking, alcohol, obesity, and chronic stress can be contributing factors.
Chronic inflammation may last for months or years and may cause symptoms such as abdominal and chest pain, fever, fatigue, mouth sores, and rashes. In a person with chronic inflammation, the immune response can cause damage to healthy cells, tissues, and organs and can eventually damage DNA and cause tissue death and internal scarring, according to Healthline. Chronic inflammation may be linked to conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, allergies, arthritis, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and psoriasis.
How Inflammation Is Detected and Treated
Blood tests can measure the levels of biomarkers, such as C-reactive protein (CRP). Patients with inflammation typically have higher than normal levels of these biomarkers. A doctor may prescribe treatment such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or pain relievers. A healthy diet and some herbal supplements also can be helpful in managing inflammation.
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A Los Angeles Misdiagnosis of Inflammatory Diseases Lawyer Can Help You Seek Justice
If you had an inflammatory disease but a doctor misdiagnosed your condition, the doctor may have been negligent and guilty of medical malpractice, under the terms of California Civil Code § 1714. Medical malpractice means that a healthcare provider failed to meet the standard of care and did not provide the type and quality of care that a competent physician with similar training and experience would have provided.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you obtain justice and a financial award to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Figuring out why a doctor failed to make a correct diagnosis can be complicated. Numerous factors may have played a role.
Our team can review your healthcare records and consult with medical experts to find out whether your physician met the standard of care. We may investigate whether the doctor ordered appropriate tests and considered inflammatory disease as a possible diagnosis. If the doctor ordered tests, we can find out whether those tests were performed correctly and whether the results were interpreted appropriately. Call us to learn more about what our firm may be able to do to assist you.
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Seek Compensation for Your Misdiagnosis
A Los Angeles misdiagnosis of inflammatory diseases lawyer may be able to secure a financial award for you. Many victims of medical malpractice do not pursue justice because they think they could not afford a lawyer. That should not concern you. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm operates on contingency, which means that you will not have to pay us any money up front. We will cover litigation costs ourselves and will only collect a fee if we obtain a settlement for you.
Our firm works with litigation trial attorneys across the United States to give our clients the services of two lawyers for the price of one. A member of our team can travel to meet with you face to face to discuss your misdiagnosis and what we may be able to do to help.
You do not have a long time to act. Under California Code of Civil Procedure § 340.5, the statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice lawsuit is the earlier of three years from the date of injury or one year from the date you learned of the injury, or should have learned. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 so our team can begin gathering evidence and building a case as soon as possible.