Deep venous thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the leg or thigh and the clot may move to the heart, lungs or brain. The Chicago deep venous thrombosis injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented numerous clients who developed these clots while under the care of a doctor or hospital and suffered from serious medical complications. It is important for all doctors and hospitals to recognize when patients are deemed high risk for blood clots and to make appropriate efforts to monitor these patients for signs of a clot. The failure to promptly treat patients with DVT can have catastrophic consequences.
What DVT is and How it is Diagnosed?
Deep venous thrombosis occurs when a blood clot develops in the larger veins located in the lower leg or thigh and may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. Those who are at the greatest risk of developing blood clots are those who have undergone recent surgery, suffered physical trauma or suffered severe burns. The common denominator in all of these cases is that the body is healing and blood clotting is a natural and integral part of the healing process. When clots form in the blood stream rather than at the location of an injury, however, they can become problematic.
The symptoms of DVT include pain and discomfort in one leg, a tender feeling to the touch, a warm or hot feeling in the leg, visible changes in the tone of the skin and swelling. A blood clot in the leg often becomes dislodged, solving the issue temporarily, but posing the risk of heart attack, pulmonary embolism or stroke if the clot does not break apart prior to reaching the heart, lungs or brain. Therefore, failure to diagnose and treat DVT can have fatal consequences.
How DVT Can be Prevented
One of the most common ways to treat blood clots is to administer blood thinning medications, which break up existing clots and prevent the formation of others. If a patient is at high risk for the development of blood clots, these medications can be used as a preventative measure, but they do not come without risks of their own. Patients on blood thinners should undergo regular blood monitoring to ensure that they are not at risk of excessive or uncontrolled bleeding. Other ways to prevent blood clots include the use of pressure socks or stockings. These increase blood flow and decrease the risk of DVT by not allowing blood to accumulate in the veins of the leg.
Surgical options are also available both to prevent and treat DVT. During these procedures, a filter is placed in the vein of the leg or clots are physically removed and discarded to prevent them from moving to the lungs, heart or brain. Our Chicago DVT lawyers frequently represent patients who did not receive preventative care to prevent clots or who developed clots that doctors failed to diagnose, resulting in pulmonary embolism, heart attack or stroke.
Injuries Resulting from Undiagnosed DVT
As mentioned before, the failure to prevent or notice the development of a blood clot in time can have a serious impact on the health of the patient. The injuries that we have most commonly observed due to the failure to diagnose deep venous thrombosis include the following.
- Pulmonary embolism. This occurs when the blood clot reaches the lungs and causes shortness of breath, intense pain in the chest and blood streaked phlegm. When not treated in time, the condition can be fatal.
- Heart attack. The blockage of major blood vessels in the heart due to the migration of a blood clot can result in a heart attack. In some cases, emergency bypass surgery is required to restore blood flow.
- Ischemic stroke due to cerebral embolism. About 87% of strokes occur due to blockages in the blood vessels of the brain, which are classified as ischemic strokes. Cerebral embolism is classified as a clot that moves to the brain rather than one that forms at the location of the blockage.
Attorneys You Can Trust to Represent Your Interests in a Deep Vein Thrombosis Lawsuit
If you have been the victim of malpractice due to the failure of hospital staff to prevent or diagnose the formation of a blood clot, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you recover the greatest amount of compensation allowed by Illinois law. We’ve represented thousands of clients across the state and are happy to review your case at no risk or cost during a free consultation.
Our Chicago deep venous thrombosis attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that we only collect attorneys’ fees after we’ve successfully negotiated a settlement or taken your case to court and won a judgement in your favor. If we cannot collect compensation for you, we will not charge you a thing for our time or services.