Normal blood clotting function is essential to keeping the body healthy and repairing itself after a physical injury, such as a cut. However, blood clots can also form, break off, and ultimately restrict blood flow to other parts of the body. In such an occurrence, also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), the clot can lodge in vital organs and cause irreparable damage. An example of a serious condition brought on by DVT includes when a clot blocks a blood vessel in the lungs, also known as pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. Some people tend to be more at risk for this dangerous condition, so it’s up to the healthcare professional to monitor, recognize, and treat the patient accordingly to reduce their chances of developing DVT. Otherwise, the doctor’s medical negligence can cause serious injury, and in some cases, death.
Risk Factors for Blood Clots
Individuals are at a higher risk for DVT. Those who are age 50 and over, are overweight or obese, are pregnant or in the first six weeks postpartum, are at the highest risk. Doctors generally prescribe blood thinners to high-risk patients to counteract the formation of dangerous blood clots.
Standard of Care
Doctors must try to deliver a standard of care when faced with patients, high-risk or not, who will undergo surgery and may develop DVT. A typical case concerning blood clots and surgery may call for the doctor to have prescribed blood thinners, inquire about the patient’s history for DVT, direct the patient to move as soon as possible post-surgery, and other lifestyle changes. The appropriate standard of care varies from case to case.
Proving Medical Negligence
To establish a medical professional was negligent and therefore caused a patient to suffer DVT, one must prove the professional breached the standard of care. Working with aggressive medical malpractice attorneys and their team of medical experts is a crucial component in establishing a strong case to be brought against the negligent doctor or the hospital. The patient should be able to recover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering for the harm they sustained under an incompetent doctor’s care.
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