Deep Vein Thrombosis Claims

If you or someone you know has suffered from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and you believe their suffering was caused by or has been exacerbated by substandard medical treatment, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation. The experienced clinical negligence solicitors are here to provide the guidance you need to ensure you are in the best possible position to secure the outcome you deserve.

Find out more about your options when pursuing a deep vein thrombosis claim by getting in touch with our expert team today. We can talk you through the next steps and answer any questions you may have. Simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis Explained

As the name suggests, a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the lower leg. Occasionally a DVT can form in the arm or deep veins of the pelvis. One of the main predisposing factors for deep vein thrombosis is immobility (hence the association with long haul flights), but trauma to the leg veins following a fracture or surgery and clotting abnormalities of the blood can also lead to the development of clots (thrombi).

The clot in the vein is not a danger in itself, although it will cause localised pain, swelling and inflammation, but it can break away from its original position and travel through the heart to become lodged in one of the blood vessels supplying the lungs or the brain, where it can have catastrophic consequences.

Making a Claim

You may be able to make a DVT claim provided it can be demonstrated that you have received substandard care. Poor care includes when a risk assessment has not been carried out to evaluate your risk factors for developing the condition, or if preventative measures are not taken to ensure a person deemed at high risk does not develop DVT.

It must also be shown that injury was caused as a consequence of this substandard care, which might include pain caused by DVT that was not prevented or the development of a pulmonary embolism caused by a delayed diagnosis of DVT.

With the help of experienced legal experts such as the clinical negligence team at JMW, you will be well-placed to prove your case and to secure the compensation to which you are entitled.

Risk Factors

There are many risk factors for deep vein thrombosis and these can be divided into strong, moderate and weak.

Strong Risk Factors:

  • Fracture of hip or leg
  • Hip or knee replacement
  • Major general surgery
  • Major trauma
  • Spinal cord injury

Moderate Risk Factors:

  • Previous DVT
  • Clotting disorders of the blood
  • Malignancy
  • Pregnancy
  • Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy
  • Heart or respiratory failure
  • Intravenous drug abuse

Weak Risk Factors:

  • Increasing age
  • Staying in bed for longer than three days
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged car or plane travel
  • Varicose veins
  • Laparoscopic surgery


In some cases of DVT there may be very few, if any, symptoms. However, when symptoms do show they can include:

  • Pain and swelling in the leg, often the calf
  • The skin feeling warmer where the clot has formed
  • The skin becoming red below the back of the knee
  • Aching in the area affected


If you are suspected of suffering from DVT it is common for your GP to recommend a specialised blood test called a D-dimer test. This test identifies pieces of blood clot that are loose in your bloodstream after breaking down.

The methodology behind this test is that should you have a large number of pieces in your bloodstream, this is a sign that a blood clot is present in the vein. However, the reliability of this test has been called into question because there is always the possibility of blood clot fragments increasing in number either following an injury, after an operation or during pregnancy. Often an ultrasound scan or similar tests will be required to confirm DVT.

Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism is a very serious condition that can develop if DVT is not treated correctly. If you suffer from a pulmonary embolism you may experience breathlessness, pain in the chest while breathing and it may even cause you to collapse suddenly.

If you or someone you know shows signs of pulmonary embolism you should seek medical attention immediately.

Why Choose JMW?

JMW has one of the most experienced and respected clinical negligence compensation claims teams in the UK. Headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones, the team includes members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel.

We are able to deal with many cases using no win, no fee agreements. Speak to us today to find out how our expertise can help give you the very best chance of being successful with your DVT claim.

We will guide you throughout the course of your claim, from start to finish, providing our support whenever you need it.

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