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Deep Vein Thrombosis Caused by Medical Negligence

Jan 2, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the specific number of people affected by deep vein thrombosis is unknown, it is estimated that as many as 900,000 could develop the condition each year in the United States.

This is 1 to 2 persons per 1,000. Among those who have had DVT, one-half will suffer long-term complications, like pain, swelling, scaling, and discoloration in the affected limb.

If a patient is not provided with proper care after a surgical procedure or other medical situations, a severe type of blood clot, known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, can result in serious complications. DVT is a condition that involves the formation of a blood clot in the pelvis or legs’ deep veins.

After the clot is formed, it can cause restriction of blood flow in the region, leading to swelling and pain, most commonly in the legs. Portions can also break off from the original blood clot formation and travel through the body. There are also some cases where the embolus, or moving portion of the clot, gets lodged in a lung, resulting in a pulmonary embolism, which is the cause of over 50,000 deaths each year in the United States.

Surgery and Other Factors that Increase DVT Risk

In most cases, DVT occurs during or after surgery or other inactivity for extended periods, such as sitting on a plane for 6 or more hours. Other risk factors of DVT include:

  • Pregnancy
  • A history of DVT
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Kidney problems
  • Some cancers
  • Increased age

Due to the close link between DVT and surgery, a physician will generally assess every patient’s risk of developing DVT before performing any surgery by determining how applicable each of the mentioned risk factors are.

When it is determined that a patient’s risk for DVT is high, the physician will often prescribe anticoagulants or blood thinners. If a doctor fails to prescribe blood thinners for a surgical patient who has a high DVT risk, it is just one of the ways that DVT development may be connected to medical malpractice.

For a patient to win a medical malpractice lawsuit that involves deep vein thrombosis, two basic elements must be proven:

  • There was medical negligence on the doctor or other healthcare provider’s part
  • The patient was harmed directly as a result of the negligence

Harmed Resulting from Medical Negligence

For the patient to win a medical malpractice lawsuit, foreseeable harm was caused to the patient due to the doctor’s negligence. There may be many forms of this harm, including:

  • Cost of medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of capacity to earn
  • Loss of the ability to enjoy the pleasures of life in the same way as before the injury

If you or a loved one has developed deep vein thrombosis due to your doctor’s negligence during surgery, you should immediately seek the help of the qualified medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at (212) 697-9280. We know a viable case when we see on.

We will point you in the right direction and even lead the way if your case is viable. What is your side of the story? What really happened? There is no point in arguing with the medical staff, you may need one of them on your side in the months ahead. They are not going to help you sue them even if one of them made a mistake.

Call RMFW Law today! Winning is what we do!