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Deep Vein Thrombosis Negligence

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis describes a blood clot in the deep veins of the body; usually in the legs or pelvic area. When this remains untreated through misdiagnosis or negligence, the blood clot may be carried through the veins, creating a blockage in the major pulmonary artery which may prevent blood from reaching the lungs. This is medically known as a pulmonary embolism.

What are the Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis?

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In the majority of cases, people identify signs of deep vein thrombosis from an initial pain or swelling in one of the legs. Other deep vein thrombosis symptoms include:

  • Intense aching in the affected area
  • Raised temperature of the skin in the affected area
  • Redness in the skin

If Deep Vein Thrombosis isn’t diagnosed as soon as possible, the delayed treatment might see a pulmonary embolism develop, which can be potentially fatal. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Collapsing

What Are the Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis?

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Deep vein thrombosis can sometimes occur spontaneously, however there are known risk factors. A medical professional has a responsibility to accurately diagnose DVT before it can cause a pulmonary embolism, and must in diagnosis therefore be aware of the following lifestyle factors which can increase an individual’s risk:

  • Prolonged inactivity
  • Damage to blood vessels (caused by trauma such as broken bones or muscle damage)
  • Medical conditions and treatment
  • Genetic predisposition to blood clots
  • Pregnancy
  • Usage of the contraceptive pill
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Negligence?

Despite Deep Vein Thrombosis being a widely popular medical condition, it may still be overlooked by GP’s and other medical professionals, leading to further complications. Medical negligence pertaining to cases of deep vein thrombosis usually takes one of four forms:

  • Failure to diagnose DVT on the part of the medical professional, despite clear symptoms
  • Surgical errors in deep vein thrombosis treatment
  • Failure to promptly treat DVT after diagnosis, leading to a pulmonary embolism
  • Failure to refer patient to hospital after GP consultation

 Our Deep Vein Thrombosis Compensation Claims Experience

Errors arising from cases of deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis or negligence may hold dire repercussions for patients. At Asons, we understand what clinical negligence is, and the detrimental effect it has on victims. The consequences may not just be physical – potential financial difficulties where time is taken off work for a false diagnosis must also be considered, and the ensuing stress could elicit negative psychological consequences.

We know that victims are often hesitant to come forward with their claims. As medical negligence solicitors, it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.


Be Quick…

As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this common concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you. We help acquire all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.

Next Steps

We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to gather all of the appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved in order to substantiate your claim.

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