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Blood Clots (Pulmonary Embolism)

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Representing People in Baltimore and Other Maryland Cities

Unfortunately, a leading cause of preventable deaths during hospitalization in Maryland is pulmonary embolism. Far too often, medical professionals fail to appropriately identify and respond to pulmonary embolism. If you or someone close to you has been injured due to a medical professional’s failure to diagnose or treat a blood clot, you need to reach out to a Baltimore medical malpractice attorney who can help. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we are committed to getting our clients the compensation that they are entitled to receive for their harm. We understand the consequences that pulmonary embolism can have on a patient’s life.

The Impact of Blood Clots (Pulmonary Embolism)

Some people are more at risk of developing blood clots than others. The medical name for this is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). According to the Mayo Clinic, DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in a person’s body, usually in the thigh, the lower leg, or the pelvic area. DVT can be life-threatening if the blood clot moves to the lungs - a condition known as pulmonary embolism (PE). Put another way, a PE is a blood clot that becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lungs and either partially or wholly blocks an artery. In rare cases, it can travel to other parts of the body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately 60,000 to 100,000 Americans die each year from pulmonary embolism.

Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of pulmonary embolism. For example, patients who have undergone surgery that lasted for more than two hours may be at greater risk for PE. Other examples include dehydrated patients, patients with heart disease, people with a family history of blood clots, prolonged air or car travel, pregnant women or women who have recently given birth, and people who smoke cigarettes. Of course, this list is not exhaustive.

Medical professionals are trained to recognize pulmonary embolism at various stages. When symptoms of the condition are misunderstood or minimized, the consequences can be devastating. Malpractice pertaining to pulmonary embolism can happen in a number of ways, including failing to diagnose PE in a timely manner, completely failing to recognize PE, or failing to appropriately treat PE. With a timely diagnosis, however, people can survive DVT/PE and resume their normal lives.

If this does not happen, our attorneys can assist you with bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice takes place when a health care provider deviates from the accepted medical standard of care, causing injuries or death to a patient. In the context of pulmonary embolism, a malpractice claim may be appropriate if the doctor has deviated from the standard of care by failing to recognize and treat PE in a situation in which a reasonably prudent doctor would have recognized and treated the condition. In some cases, a patient may be able to file a malpractice claim if pulmonary embolism was a result of a drug side effect.

These injuries can range in severity. In the most serious cases, pulmonary embolism can lead to death. This type of injury or loss is not only devastating but also can be very financially burdensome. If you find yourself in this situation, you can recover a variety of economic and non-economic damages. In Maryland, plaintiffs will typically recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and the costs of future care, as well as pain and suffering.

Contact a Baltimore Attorney to Discuss a Potential Personal Injury Claim

If you or someone close to you has suffered harm because of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose a blood clot, you need to contact an experienced malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we can meticulously analyze the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. We represent patients and their families in cities such as Baltimore, Pikesville, Catonsville, Towson, Woodlawn, Dundalk, Essex, Randallstown, Arbutus, Reisterstown, Laurel, Silver Springs, and other areas of Baltimore, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties. To discuss whether you may have a viable claim in more detail, do not hesitate to call us toll-free at 800-810-6780 or contact us online.