Blood clots can have serious consequences. They can block a major blood vessel in the lung or to the brain. If the blood clot is small they can cause damage to the lung. However, if they are large and stop the blood flow to the lung that can cause a heart attack, but if the blood clot blocks the supply of blood to the brain that can cause a stroke and both of these can be fatal.
An example of a blood clot is a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which usually occur in a deep leg vein in the calf and thigh muscles and can cause pain and swelling. The man symptoms of a DVT include:
- Sharp or stabbing chest pain that may feel worse when you breathe in
- Shortness of breath that comes on suddenly or develops gradually
- Coughing that is usually dry or may include blood or mucus that contains blood
- Faintness, dizziness or passing out
Blood clot claims can be made where there has been a failure to, for example:
- Take adequate preventative measures, such as recommending or providing compression socks
- Diagnose the occurence of one or more small blood clots before they block a blood vessel to the lungs or brain
- Recognise the risk factors in which blood clots occur, such as, immobility for a fractured leg, pelvic surgery, other leg injuries or plaster casts on the leg, or, childbirth and long distance air travel.
If you, or a loved one, have suffered because of a failure to properly diagnose or treat a blood clot you may be able to take legal action for compensation. Blood clot claims are difficult and expert advice and expert evidence is needed to work out whether you have a claim. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will be able to advise and we will act for you on a NO WIN NO FEE basis meaning that you will not have to pay any legal fees should your case be unsuccessful. Request a Free Consultation today.