It is an unfortunate fact that a surprising number of medical negligence cases still occur regularly in this country despite huge level of public investment, the high tech equipment increasingly available in hospitals clinics and the high policy of so many of our medical professionals; it is human to make mistakes, after all, but when those mistakes involve the state of someone’s health, it can be difficult to forgive.
Fortunately, there is a way you can get back some of what was taken from you in the form of financial compensation awarded as the result of a medical negligence claim, and while it may not completely make up for the negligence you’ve experienced, it will definitely help you with hospital bills and other fees that you need to pay in order to maintain your health both now and in the future.
What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis And Pulmonary Embolism?
Basically, deep vein thrombosis (often referred to as simply DVT) is a blood clot found in one of the ‘deep’ veins, most often in one of the legs. Not only can it be very painful (especially when swelling is caused), but it can lead to much more complex issues. It is a relatively common issue (one in every thousand people in the UK is affected every year), and while it can happen to anyone, older people are generally more at risk. Others at risk include those who have a family history of thrombosis, those with cancer, heart failure, and other similar medical conditions, those who are obese, and those who experience long periods of inactivity – such as being immobile after a big operation, or occasionally on long-haul flights.
DVT can often lead to complications such as pulmonary embolism; this is when a part of the blood clot gets into the bloodstream and ends up in the lungs, blocking off one of the blood vessels in the pulmonary artery. This blood vessel carries blood from your heart to your lungs, and when blocked, it can become life threatening. Symptoms include chest pain when breathing in, shortness of breath, dry coughing or coughing up of blood, and feeling faint or passing out. If a person suffers from DVT which leads to pulmonary embolism, they are said to suffer from venous thromboembolism (VTE). Both are obviously extremely serious issues and must be treated accordingly. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
How Can Medical Negligence Occur With DVT or VTE?
As with any medical issue or injury, negligent treatment can occur at any stage – from diagnosis to treatment and beyond – but it is being able to prove negligence in these cases that will lead to a successful claim. In the case of deep vein thrombosis, a medical professional could have failed to carry out a successful risk assessment, leading to a high risk person developing DVT when it could have been prevented. If there is a delay in the DVT diagnosis (and therefore a delay in prescribing much needed anti-coagulants), this could lead to further treatment that could have been avoided (not to mention great pain that the patient could also have avoided), and this is the second thing that is needed to make a claim of medical negligence – that the poor treatment led to either an injury or disease that the patient needs compensation for, which in the case of DVT is usually a pulmonary embolism. Failure to predict a possible pulmonary embolism can lead to a fatality in the patient, and therefore it is an absolutely vital part of DVT treatment that shouldn’t be missed.
How To Make A Medical Negligence Claim
If you have suffered from deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or both, and have experienced a medical mistake during your diagnosis or treatment, you are within your rights to make a claim against the medical professional who was the cause of this negligence. The first step you need to take is to find a fully qualified and accredited solicitor who has experience in both DVT and VTE medical negligence cases. They will then be able to advise you on whether or not you have a strong claim. If you do, they will continue by gathering evidence of the medical negligence – this includes looking at your medical notes and records – before asking professional experts to look over your case. This can take some time, and as there can be strict time limits on when you should make your medical negligence claim, it’s a good idea to contact a specialist solicitor as soon as possible.
Finding The Right Medical Negligence Solicitor For You
Here at Bonallack and Bishop, specialist solicitors offer you both FREE initial no obligation phone advice along with a FREE initial first meeting – during which we can discuss your possible negligence case with you.
All of our solicitors are fully qualified and have extensive medical negligence experience – and our team includes three accredited members of all the leading specialist medical negligence panels.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch today if you have any questions about your deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism treatment; we’ll be able to help you and guide you through this difficult time in your life.
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