Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent victims of malpractice who suffer injuries and even death from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition because a blood clot that has formed in your vein can break loose and travel to your lungs. This is called a pulmonary (lung) embolism. In severe cases, a pulmonary embolism can cause death.
Deep vein thrombosis can have many causes, such as prolonged sitting or an inherited blood-clotting disorder that increases your risk of DVT. Other causes include fractures and complications from medical procedures and surgeries.
Common Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis Include:
-Leg pain in one leg
-Leg swelling in one leg
-Tenderness in one leg
-Increased warmth in one leg
-Changes in skin color in one leg
Physicians and hospitals should recognize the possibility that a patient with high risk factors (recent surgery, smoking, obesity, sitting for prolonged periods, etc.) and the above complaints may have a DVT. A number of diagnostic tests can be used to diagnose the condition, including a Doppler ultrasound of the limb.
Many times, a DVT will resolve by itself but medical intervention is necessary to prevent a clot from going into the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism and can be fatal if not prevented. Treatment can include surgery and medications and is effective if the condition is timely diagnosed.
When a patient is at risk for a DVT and has complaints consistent with condition, the standard of care requires that the doctors and medical staff take appropriate measures to diagnose the condition and commence treatment if necessary. The failure to do these things can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit if the patient suffers a severe injury or dies as a result of an embolism going into the lungs.
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