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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Claims
If you or a loved one have suffered from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that was caused or worsened by medical negligence, JMW Solicitors can help. Our experienced legal specialists are here to help you claim compensation for your suffering and ensure you are in the best possible position to secure the outcome you deserve.
Speak to our knowledgeable team today to find out how we can help you to secure the compensation to which you are entitled. We will guide you every step of the way throughout the claims process.
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You may be able to make a DVT compensation claim if it can be demonstrated you have received substandard care. Poor care includes cases where a risk assessment has not been carried out to evaluate your risk of developing the condition, or if preventative measures are not taken to ensure a person deemed at high risk does not develop DVT.
It must be proven that injury was caused as a result of this substandard care, which may include pain caused by DVT that was not prevented, or the development of a pulmonary embolism caused by delayed diagnosis of DVT.
With help from experienced solicitors, such as the clinical negligence team at JMW, you will be well-placed to prove your case and to secure the compensation you deserve.
JMW is one of the most experienced and respected clinical negligence solicitors in the UK. Headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones, the team includes members of the Law Society’s specialist panel of clinical negligence solicitors.
What is deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
A DVT is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the lower leg. In some cases, a DVT can form in the arm, or deep veins of the pelvis. One of the main predisposing factors for DVT 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).
What are the risk factors for DVT?
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
- 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
- Prolonged car or plane travel
- Varicose veins
- Laparoscopic surgery
What are the symptoms of DVT?
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 in 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
How is a DVT diagnosed?
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 clots that are loose in your bloodstream after breaking down.
If you have a large number of pieces of blood clot 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.
What complications can arise from DVT?
Serious complications can arise if DVT is misdiagnosed or doesn’t receive the recommended medical treatment. These include:
What is a 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.
For more information about DVT, visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/deep-vein-thrombosis-dvt/