Blood clots are a serious threat for many individuals, and medical professionals have a responsibility to address known blood clot risks and prevent associated medical conditions like pulmonary embolisms. If you or a loved one recently experienced negative effects from a blood clot or a pulmonary embolism, contact Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., in New York City to request a free case evaluation and meet with a medical malpractice lawyer.
Some people mistakenly believe that acting as their own legal counsel is a good way to save on attorney’s fees, but the reality is that doing so greatly reduces a claimant’s chances of winning a lawsuit, and an attorney can likely secure much more compensation than a claimant could secure alone. Additionally, the filing requirements for taking legal action with a medical malpractice claim are very strict, and a claimant risks having a case thrown out before it even reaches trial due to procedural errors or missed filing deadlines.
An attorney can handle a client’s legal concerns around a blood clot claim and handle correspondence with insurers and uncover all available channels for compensation in a claim to maximize the client’s compensation. A failed diagnosis for a blood clot can lead to extreme medical complications, causing significant medical bills and pain and suffering for the patient.
Damage from blood clots can occur when a doctor or other medical professional fails to meet the standard of care for a patient’s condition. The standard of care is the acceptable level and type of treatment a patient should receive based on his or her symptoms. An attending physician must use an appropriate diagnostic process and only use acceptable treatment methods, and violating this requirement constitutes medical malpractice.
A blood clot in the body can travel into the heart or lungs and cause potentially fatal complications. Doctors have a duty to address known clots and take appropriate steps to limit the chances of pulmonary embolisms in the patients they treat. Failing this, they stand to face liability for a patient’s resulting damages and possibly punitive damages for gross negligence in some cases.
Potential damages available in a medical malpractice claim for a failed blood clot or pulmonary embolism diagnosis can include medical expenses for corrective treatments, lost income from time the patient had to miss work to recover, and pain and suffering. If a doctor negligently prescribed medication that caused a pulmonary embolism or failed to properly diagnose the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, the patient’s attorney will consult with expert witnesses who can testify about the defendant’s failure to meet the standard of care and prove the extent of the client’s damages.
Anyone who recently suffered negative effects from a blood clot or pulmonary embolism in New York City may have the right to compensation for the resulting damages. Contact the attorneys at Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., today to schedule a free case evaluation about your blood clot misdiagnosis. Once we know the details of your situation, we can let you know how our firm can help.