Air embolisms can occur whenever pressure forces gas or air into the blood
stream, although common situations where an air embolism occurs include
surgery or intravenous injections.

Air embolisms can have very serious consequences, depending on the size
of the air bubble and the location of the bubble. If bubbles reach the
brain or heart, for example, the consequences of an air embolism may include
death. As such, it is very important for an air embolism to be treated
properly, especially in emergency situations.

Unfortunately, sometimes physicians fail to diagnose an air embolism. The
symptoms of an air embolism should be a clear tipoff to the physician
that an air embolism exists.

The symptoms of an air embolism may include:

  • shortness of breath,
  • fatigue; and
  • chest pain.

Failure to diagnose can give rise to a claim for damages if a reasonable doctor would have
diagnosed the condition in the same position. The damages the doctor will
be required to pay in a medical malpractice claim for failure to diagnose
will compensate for the harm that occurred as a result of the delayed
treatment. A Cleveland medical malpractice attorney will provide advice
on failure to diagnose and on potential damages associated with the doctor’s lapse.