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DVT, blood clot & embolism claims

 
Blood clots are not uncommon and can be treated easily if they are diagnosed quickly.  However, untreated blood clots can lead to a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism which, if left undiagnosed or mistreated can lead to serious illness or injury, including stroke and amputation, or death.  If this happens you may be able to bring a medical negligence compensation claim. Medical professionals should always asses your risk of developing a blood clot if you are in one of the ‘at risk’ categories, and the failure to do so can be negligent.

What is a deep vein thrombosis?

A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that develops in a deep vein in the body, typically in the thigh or lower leg, but they can develop in other parts of the body.  Blood clots that develop in a vein are called venous thrombosis. 
 
A pulmonary embolism, a blockage of an artery in the lungs, is the most serious complication of DVT.  It can be life-threatening if is it not treated quickly.

What causes DVT?

DVTs can happen for no reason, but are more likely to be triggered by: 
 
  • Immobility: being inactive means that your blood collects in the lower parts of the body increasing the chances of developing a blood clot
  • Being in hospital, including long surgical procedures and recovery time in bed 
  • Blood vessel damage
  • Certain medical and genetic conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Taking the contraceptive pill and HRT medication
 

Successful DVT and embolism claims

  • Suzanne White acted for the family of Fallan Kurek who collapsed and died from a pulmonary embolism caused by taking the contraceptive pill
  • Olive Lewin secured £1 million in compensation for a woman when a hospital failed to diagnose a thrombosis in her leg which led to her needing an above the knee amputation 
  • Suzanne White acted for the family of Charlotte Foster who died from the untreated effects of the combined oral contraceptive pill Dianette
  • Henry Dyson settled a claim for a man who suffered a DVT, followed by a pulmonary embolism after day surgery for a hernia.

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