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Misdiagnosed Bacterial Pneumonia

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Pneumonia is an inflammation and/or infection of the lungs, often caused by a virus, bacteria or a foreign substance. Pneumonia occurs when the sacs in the lungs fill with fluid, mucus or pus that prevents the lungs from functioning normally. This causes the rest of the body to suffer a lack of oxygen. One of the most common forms of pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia, is often caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia. Bacterial pneumonia is also commonly known as community acquired pneumonia.

In 2005 alone, over 61,000 people died from pneumonia. Pneumonia is ranked as the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. Individuals at risk of pneumonia include the young, the old, and those with a compromised immune system. Have you been affected or harmed by pneumonia that should have been diagnosed by a doctor? Our medical malpractice lawyers can stand by you and make sure that the medical professional is held accountable. Find out more by calling our firm.

Did I Suffer From Pneumonia?

Below is a list of possible symptoms of pneumonia. It's important to note that you may not necessarily experience all the symptoms listed below. Additionally, if you develop pneumonia as a complication of the flu, it is possible for your symptoms to temporarily cease before the symptoms reappear and worsens.

  • Fever
  • Chills and body aches, shivering and/or sweating
  • Chest pain and tightness when breathing, plus breathlessness
  • Shallow or rapid breathing, shortness of breath
  • Dry unproductive cough (early symptoms)
  • Productive cough (as the pneumonia progresses)
  • Cough with the presence of thick or yellowing mucus, or the presence of blood
  • Headaches, nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tiredness, lethargy or malaise

In addition to these symptoms, you may have found yourself suffering from atypical pneumonia. Atypical pneumonia is Often called walking pneumonia, this form of pneumonia is very dangerous because it often goes undiagnosed for a very long time, allowing the infected individual to expose many people to the bacteria.

Legal Options After You Have Suffered Pneumonia

With the complication of pneumonia not always presenting all the symptoms, especially if it is preceded by the flu or other malady, early symptoms of pneumonia can be overlooked and go untreated. Pneumonia has a high mortality rate and should not be taken lightly. If your symptoms worsen or if they do not improve, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Wondering if a medical professional did not treat you in the manner you needed when you were suffering from pneumonia and you suffered even more as a result? Contact Millikan Wright, LLC for a complimentary case consultation. We can look at the details of your case and determined whether a doctor acted negligently in your care and take action on your behalf.

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