Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) And Medical Malpractice
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a medical condition that causes some individuals to develop blood clots in their legs. These blood clots interfere with proper circulation, causing the legs to swell, which is very painful. In the most serious cases, the blood clot could dislodge from the vein in the leg and travel to the lung. This complication can result in a pulmonary embolism, which is fatal for many people.
People develop DVT due to a number of causes, but often it is a result of medical malpractice. When medical professionals are negligent and a patient becomes hurt, the doctor, nurse or any other health care worker could be held liable. Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex. If you are suffering from DVT, attorney Markus Willoughby has the experience to help you file a claim for compensation.
Causes Of DVT
Individuals who have a history of blood clotting are more at risk for developing DVT. Obesity and cardiovascular disease can also increase a person’s risk. However, one of the main causes of DVT is medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice causes DVT when individuals visit an emergency room, medical clinic or a doctor’s office and the medical professional does not properly identify a potential case of DVT. If the medical professional fails to diagnose DVT, review the patient’s medical history or take the necessary preventative measures, then he or she can be held liable for medical malpractice with the help of a deep vein thrombosis attorney.
Compensation For DVT
When a patient suffers further injuries due to DVT, the injured victim can claim compensation from the attending physician or health care worker. If a patient dies as a result of DVT that was caused by a medical professional’s negligence, then his or her loved ones can pursue compensation in a wrongful death claim.
Injured patients can seek compensation for their losses, such as medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Additionally, if the court finds that the medical professional was grossly negligent, they may also award punitive damages.
Families can file a wrongful death claim to seek damages including compensation for funeral and burial expenses, the lost income the deceased contributed to the household and more.
A survival claim, which is separate from a wrongful death claim, can provide compensation to the estate for losses the deceased suffered before they passed away. This compensation can include medical expenses and pain and suffering.
After reviewing the facts of your circumstances, Mr. Willoughby can advise you on your legal options, including on the full amount of damages available.
Suffering From DVT? Contact Willoughby Law Firm, Inc., Today.
If you or a loved one has suffered from DVT as a result of medical negligence, call 415-870-2778 to schedule a free case evaluation. Attorney Markus Willoughby has been nominated for Trial of the Year Lawyer two years in a row and has received the Civil Justice Award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. These are just two of the successes attorney Willoughby has seen in his career, and he will bring this same level of excellence to your case.