Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) negligence claims
It is estimated that more than 10,000 patients have died from DVT as a direct result of hospitals neglecting to follow correct practice.
A deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a blood clot that forms in the deep vein, usually of one leg but sometimes in other parts of the body can be affected.
In some cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) there may be no symptoms, but possible symptoms can include:
- pain, swelling and tenderness in one of thelegs (usually the calf)
- a heavy ache in the affected area
- warm skin in the area of the clot
- redness of the skin, particularly at the back of the leg below the knee
Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis
In normal circumstances blood flows quickly through the veins and does not clot. The flow of blood in the leg veins is helped along by movement of the body such as leg movement as the action of the muscle squeezes the veins. A DVT can happen for no apparent reason but the following factors increase the risk of having a DVT:
The failure to identify a relatively small DVT can represent medical negligence and condemn the patient long term suffering and disability for a condition that could have been treated completely successfully.
If you have suffered as a result of late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
A specialist medical negligence solicitor can assess your case and inform you about: