When you undergo surgery or are hospitalized, whether it’s for an injury, illness, or during pregnancy and childbirth, you’re at risk for developing blood clots. Your doctor should be able to identify that risk and treat it by prescribing blood-thinning medications or the use of compression stockings. But blood clots still affect hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.
At Gershon, Willoughby & Getz, LLC, our medically-trained cerebral palsy attorneys know that blood clots can happen to anyone, anywhere, regardless of age, gender, race, or economic status. We understand that sometimes, doctors miss the signs of potentially serious blood clots, costing patients dearly.
Failure to identify or treat blood clots properly can leave patients on dangerous ground. Blood clots can break off and travel through the body, interfering with organs and creating a life-threatening situation.
Watch this brief video to learn more about one particularly dangerous condition involving blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 900,000 people experience DVT each year in the U.S. One half of DVT sufferers will experience long-term complications – called “post-thrombotic syndrome” – including swelling, pain, or discoloration or scaling in the affected limb.
Pulmonary embolism is perhaps the more serious complication resulting from blood clots. When a clot blocks the flow of air to the lungs and you’re unable to breathe, it can cause permanent lung damage, or worse.
Deep vein thrombosis, like other blood clotting disorders, can be treated with blood thinners and other common methods. But when doctors miss the signs of DVT and patients suffer due to negligence, our attorneys are here to help.
Our cerebral palsy lawyers are well-versed in medical malpractice cases, having won millions of dollars in settlements for mothers whose children were injured during birth. We know how to spot medical negligence in all its forms and help patients prove their medical malpractice cases in court.
If you or a loved one has suffered from the negative effect of blood clots after surgery or hospitalization for any reason, and you believe a doctor has been negligent in helping to treat your condition, contact us today to consult with our legal team.