There are many types of blood clots that can form. Our attorneys handle claims stemming from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This condition results in blood clots flowing through the body and causing the lungs to receive inadequate oxygen.
Deep vein thrombosis is a severe medical condition. It occurs when a clot forms in a person’s deeper veins, typically in the legs. This often results in pain or swelling. The formation of these clots can have a catastrophic effect on one’s pulmonary health if not promptly diagnosed and treated.
If a clot forms and dislocates, it can travel to the affected person’s lungs. The resulting pulmonary embolisms disrupt blood flow to the lungs, making it difficult or impossible to breathe. This can cause a person to suffer permanent lung damage or even death.
Common Causes of a DVT
A blood clot can occur in the lower extremities, including the feet, ankle, calf, and legs or in the arms and shoulders. Common causes of this condition include:
- An injury that causes a resulting blood clot
- Surgery that damages a blood vessel
- Reduced mobility and inactivity, like when sitting in the same position on airplane or in a vehicle for long periods of time
- Prescription drugs and medications
Patients often complain of swelling and cramping in the lower leg when they have a deep vein thrombosis. The skin may change color and feel warmer than the skin on surrounding areas. Other complaints include neck pain, arm swelling, and weakness in the hand.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The proper medical workup to diagnose the condition is through imaging studies, like an ultrasound or x-ray. Many times, a venogram will be ordered in the other tests are inconclusive. A blood test, the D-dimer test, can also be diagnostic.
If the condition is diagnosed, it is a medical emergency. Treatment can include surgery, medication, the use of compression stockings, and compression stockings.
Medical providers must provide competent care when diagnosing, treating, and following up with patients. Patients who are harmed by professional negligence, can pursue compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
Filing a Deep Vein Thrombosis Malpractice Lawsuit
A doctor tending to a patient must be able to quickly diagnose a DVT and take all necessary steps to provide quick care. A doctor can be guilty of malpractice for ignoring the signs of a thrombosis or failing to quickly request necessary diagnostic imaging. A delay in treatment can be fatal.
The legal basis for a medical malpractice claim is straightforward. All physicians in Michigan have a duty to treat their patients with appropriate skill and care. The failure to provide proper treatment is labeled as malpractice, or medical negligence.
To win a claim, a plaintiff must rely on the report and opinion of a medical expert witness. Only a doctor is qualified to speak as to how another physician failed to diagnose and treat a patient. According to Michigan Compiled Law §600.2169, this expert must be certified in the same field of medicine as the defendant.
So, if the negligent doctor was an emergency room physician then an emergency medicine specialist must provide the opinion on malpractice. Other medical experts may be required to prove different parts of the case, like the cause of death.
Michigan law requires plaintiffs who are suing a doctor or hospital for malpractice to include an affidavit of merit from an expert witness with their complaint. This affidavit outlines the plaintiff’s case against the defendant and states that in the expert’s opinion, there is a good faith reason to bring the case to court.
Our experienced attorneys will locate and hire qualified expert witnesses to help prove and win you a settlement. Settlements include compensation for pain and suffering, disability, lost income, and medical expenses. When a patient dies from a DVT, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
How a Michigan Deep Vein Thrombosis Attorney Can Help
Suffering any type of blood clot can be serious. All doctors and nurse must be able to recognize the signs of a deep vein thrombosis and provide competent care.
If a doctor has failed to care for your condition, call a Michigan deep vein thrombosis lawyer for help. To schedule a free, no obligation consultation, contact us today.
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