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Compartment Syndrome

Compartment Syndrome is the medical name for the crushing of nerves and blood vessels within a muscle compartment. It is an incredibly painful condition and has to be treated as an emergency.

Crushing of the muscle compartment lead to reduced blood flow. It will often occur in a patient’s arm or leg.

The cause is usually some sort of trauma injury, perhaps a fall or a broken bone. It can also be due to a crushing injury, unrecognised internal bleeding or due to a misplaced intravenous drip (called an iv drip).

Diagnosis of compartment syndrome

The diagnosis needs to be made quickly. The condition can be diagnosed often from the level of pain that the patient is experiencing. Compartment pressure tests can also be performed.

Surgery is the only treatment for acute compartment syndrome. The muscle compartment is cut open to allow muscle tissue to swell, decrease pressure and restore blood flow.

Delayed treatment?

Without treatment the patient is likely to suffer muscle loss, amputation, infection, nerve damage, and even kidney failure.

Types of cases

In one case we were able to show that internal bleeding had not been treated quickly enough. This had led to a patient suffering a severe nerve injury in their leg which affected their mobility. The patient was awarded a six figure sum for their injury.

Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.

The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a no win no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0800 437 0322 today.

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