DVT [Deep Vein Thrombosis] and Pulmonary Embolism
Usually referred to as DVT, deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in one of the body’s deeper veins, usually in the legs. It can be extremely painful, as the legs can swell and it may even become a precursor to more debilitating issues. It affects approximately one in every thousand in the UK, with those over 50 being the most susceptible. Those who have or have had cancer, heart failure, obesity, or a have a family history of thrombosis are also considered to be of a higher risk than others. Inactivity and immobility can also a factor, so those who undertake long haul flights or are housebound following surgery can also be considered at risk of DVT.
DVT as a condition can be very painful; however what it can lead to is far more dangerous. A pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot ends up in the bloodstream, travels all the way to the lungs and in the process blocks off the blood vessel in the pulmonary artery. This blood vessel is crucial in the function of your body as it carries blood from the heart to your lungs. Obviously when blocked it can be a very serious and life threatening condition. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism range from shortness of breath to internal bleeding. If a person is suffering from a pulmonary embolism then venous thromboembolism (VTE) may be revealed at further diagnosis. DVT, pulmonary embolism and VTE are all serious conditions and must be treated as much; sadly this isn’t always the case when you enter a medical facility.
Medical negligence with DVT and VTE
As with any other form of medical ailment, negligence can occur at any time when you’re under care or guidance of a medical professional. It doesn’t matter whether it is during diagnosis or treatment, medical negligence is something than can happen and should be addressed. The key is being able to prove that medical negligence has occurred. When it comes to DVT, there are several areas of neglect that are more common than others. For example, ask yourself whether or not a medical professional carried out a proper risk assessment or whether there was a delay in the overall diagnosis of your DVT. In these cases it could very well be detrimental and possibly have led to your illness developing further complications. Neglect in a medical environment can easily be avoided, but when it does occur a patient will generally be forced to incur more pain and suffering. If you feel that you have been unnecessarily placed at risk of potentially fatal developments (such as pulmonary embolism) odds are you have a valid claim for medical negligence.
Making a DVT negligence claim
If you have suffered from any of the conditions previously detailed and feel that you were neglected or poorly treated by one of more of the medical professionals involved, then you’re within your rights to make a claim for medical negligence. The first thing to remember is that you are not alone in your efforts to claim compensation; you should find yourself a specialist accredited medical negligence solicitor to handle your case. They will back you up and provide you with the support you need, and ideally they should have prior experience in dealing with DVT and VTE medical negligence claims. First they will be able to advise you on just how strong your claim is and what your next steps should be. If they feel you have a case, they will begin gathering evidence, which will include all medical information and possibly some personal information too. The whole process from start to finish can take some time and there can be strict deadlines and time limits involved. Claimants should be both well prepared and patient. Remember, the sooner the claim begins then the quicker you will get an outcome.
Finding the right solicitor for your DVT claim
When looking for the right solicitor to handle your case, make the team here at Bonallack and Bishop your first port of call. We are specialist solicitors who not only offer premiere service but a FREE initial no obligation phone advice and first meeting.
The solicitors who walk through out doors are highly qualified, with years of experience handling cases just like yours. Our team even includes members of both the leading specialist medical negligence panels, so when we say we know how to handle your case you can rest assured that unlike other solicitors we can back up what we say.
If you have a possible medical negligence case don’t hold back anymore and get in touch. We can answer questions regarding both your treatment and the negligence that has occurred; from there we will be able to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
It is a sad fact that in the 21st century there is still alarming number of medical negligence cases occurring throughout the United Kingdom (UK). This is in spite of the huge level of public investment in the medical profession in the last 20 years and the high tech equipment that is commonly available for use by today’s doctors. Even though human error is common in all fields of employment, when it occurs in the medical world it can often cause considerable harm indeed.
If you feel that you are a victim of medical negligence there are steps you can take to obtain compensation, and make those at fault become accountable for their actions. Obviously the financial aspect may not make up for the pain you’ve experienced, but it may help cover any hospital costs or any loss of earnings.
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