If you or a loved one developed blood clots that led to a pulmonary embolism, medical professionals have probably denied any wrongdoing. They may have told you that there is no way they could have discovered the blood clots and no way they could have prevented them. This may be true in some cases, but not in every case.
Medical professionals are rarely forthcoming when it comes to medical mistakes and negligence. For this reason, it is important to discuss your medical care and injuries with an experienced legal advocate. Contact a medical malpractice attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath and Cannavo P.C. for a free case evaluation.
Blood clots frequently form in the legs, but can also develop in the arms and other places as well. Most blood clots are eventually absorbed by the body and do not lead to serious injuries. When blood clots are not absorbed, they can become dislodged and move to other areas of the body where they can block the flow of blood to organs.
Blood clots may move into the lungs and block blood flow, causing a pulmonary embolism. Once a blood clot in the lungs is identified, there is little time to act. If it is not diagnosed before it is too late, the consequences may be fatal.
People who are at risk for blood clots and related medical complications include:
As mentioned above, there is not much time to act after someone has suffered a pulmonary embolism. That is why it is critical for medical professionals to recognize the symptoms right away. Symptoms may include chest pain, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, and dizziness.
Sometimes blood clots can develop and lead to a pulmonary embolism and other injuries, such as heart attack and stroke, without any warning signs. Other times, there are warning signs, but due to substandard medical care, blood clots are not discovered until they have caused significant injuries.
Medical negligence can occur when patients are at an elevated risk for blood clots, and medical professionals fail to monitor them, resulting in a failure to diagnose and treat. They may also be negligent for ignoring patient complaints related to blood clot symptoms, and for failing to order tests that would indicate the existence of blood clots.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a pulmonary embolism or other serious injuries related to blood clots, contact a medical malpractice attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. If blood clot injuries were caused by negligence, medical professionals and institutions should be held accountable.