Organ failure in Hawaii is an extremely serious medical condition that, when left to progress, can result in extended suffering and possible death. When an entire organ system fails—such as the heart, liver, or kidneys—medical intervention is necessary to avoid death. But even if medical professionals are able to partially restore an organ’s functionality, the damage may already be permanent, the temporary shutdown causing complications that can last a lifetime.
Only a few things cause these serious conditions. At the time of death, organs naturally shut down in a progression. But severe injury or medical malpractice can put the body into a situation where organs can shut down or lose function. At worse, some forms of organ failure can be subtle at first until it is too late. Here are some examples:
Internal bleeding – It can be tough to catch internal bleeding depending on where in the body it happens, but it is very damaging to any organs affected. Lack of blood can easily cause an organ to shut down. If not immediately identified, other organs are put at risk of failure as well.
Pneumothorax – Commonly known as a punctured lung, this serious condition can develop after an injury crash. It can also happen as a result of medical malpractice during a surgical procedure.
Ruptured spleen – T-bone crashes on the driver’s side can often result in ruptured spleens. While you can live without a spleen, immediate surgery is necessary to remove the organ if it is beyond repair
Drug interactions – Drugs can assist with the functioning of various organs, but they can also push them beyond their limits or cause harmful interactions. The result can be fatal. One common form of organ failure is an overdose of Tylenol (acetaminophen). This causes liver failure.
Organ failure can also result from health complications such as sepsis (bacterial tissue infection), blood loss, and trauma. In order to try and reverse organ failure, medical professionals need to make an immediate diagnosis of organ failure. Each organ has varying symptoms of failure, and these symptoms may be attributed to another health issue besides organ failure. When a medical professional misdiagnoses cases of organ failure, they put the patient at greater risk of prolonged health issues, if not multiple organ failure and even death.
If it can be proven that the cause of the failure was due to someone else’s fault, the possibility of a lawsuit is opened. By far the most common cause of organ failure is due to medical malpractice. The wrong dose of a drug during a delicate state of health can push an organ, or multiple, into failure.
If you have a loved one that has suffered a failure to treat situation in Oahu that led to an organ failure, speak with Jed Kurzban, Esq., today. With over 20 years of experience in this field, he can advise you what you can do in your situation. Call today for a free consultation, before the bills pile up too high. We can help.