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Air Embolism Lawsuits In Illinois

We are experienced Illinois lawyers who since 2001 have helped thousands of people with their medical malpractice claims. Some are really complex like deaths and injuries from air bubbles that cause an embolism. Here is an overview of those cases and how we can help you. Call us any time to speak with a lawyer for free at 312-346-5320.

What is an air embolism?
An air embolism, also known as a gas embolism, occurs when air bubbles enter the circulatory system (bloodstream) and block a blood vessel. What are the causes of an air embolism?

What are the causes or air embolisms?
Air embolisms are rare but are typically caused by health care providers not taking the proper precautions or following the right procedures. Air embolisms can occur during an injection, surgery, or when an IV is being started or removed. More specifically, causes include:

  • Improperly priming of an IV line
  • Improperly inserting an IV line
  • Improperly removing an IV line
  • Defective catheters or tubing (holes/tears)
  • Defective heart stent
  • Directly injecting air into a blood vessel
  • Complications during heart surgery or a blood transfusion

What damage can result from an air embolism?
Because a blood vessel is blocked, blood flow to certain area(s) of the body is stopped. Air embolism can cause strokes, heart attacks, respiratory failure, brain damage, and even death. Quite often the injuries from this type of medical negligence are catastrophic.

How can an attorney help me?
Because air embolisms are typically preventable, it is possible that human error (and therefore, medical malpractice) occurred. It is critical to find an attorney who focuses on medical malpractice and has successfully handled air embolism cases before. These cases can be very complex and you should not trust a law firm that takes on cases across multiple areas of law (such as car accidents and divorce) or can’t show a track record of success. The difference between an average and great lawyer could literally be millions of dollars in the end.

Attorneys in Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits only get paid if they “win,” meaning they get a percentage of the settlement they secure for you. You do not pay them anything upfront. By state law, the fee is 1/3 of the recovery. The lawyers we work with advance all of the costs to bring a case which often is in the six figures.

How can we help you?
We are attorneys that help you find the right attorney for your case. We will listen to your situation, and if it appears you have a viable case, we will refer you to a reputable, experienced lawyer who we believe would help you get the best result possible. We promise to treat you like a family member or friend. Contact us at 312-346-5320 for help everywhere in Illinois.