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Pulmonary Embolisms And Medical Negligence

Pulmonary Embolisms And Medical Negligence

If you or a family member has suffered a pulmonary embolism which you believe medical professionals dealt with in a negligent manner, you need to speak to a legal expert as soon as possible. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, you will be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.

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What is a Pulmonary Embolism?

A pulmonary embolism happens when a blood vessel in the lung becomes blocked. This occurs when a blood clot develops in deep veins of the leg, which then travels up the blood stream, eventually making its way to the lung. Here it can become stuck in one of the lung's vein, blocking the blood supply. This in turn will cause symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain and sudden collapse. However, the severity of symptoms will vary according to the size of the clot.

Preventing a Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolisms are closely related to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), and medical professionals should remain aware of the risk posed to DVT patients. Other factors that can increase the chance of a pulmonary embolism occurring include: old age, smoking, obesity, pregnancy, inactivity, medical conditions such as cancer, having had a previous clot, genetic conditions and having an operation on the lower half of the body (such as a C-Section).

All patients who are admitted to hospital should be assessed for blood-clot risk. If a patient is found to be within the at-risk category, medical professionals should provide preventative treatment such as anticoagulant medication or anti-deep vein thrombosis stockings. Pulmonary embolisms can be life-threatening, so prevention is better than cure.

Pulmonary Embolism Compensation Claims

If healthcare staff fail to identify an at-risk patient who later develops a pulmonary embolism, then the treatment provided could be deemed negligent. Furthermore, if a patient presents with the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism but it remains undetected, the standard of care will have fallen below an acceptable standard. This could prove to have drastic consequences, as undiagnosed pulmonary embolisms can be fatal.

A patient who has suffered as a result of medical negligence will be entitled to make a medical negligence claim. Often pulmonary embolism claims will arise because there has been a failure on the part of medical professionals to:-

  • Recognise a patient who is at risk of developing a pulmonary embolism;
  • Provide treatment for at-risk patients to help prevent a pulmonary embolism;
  • Recognise the symptoms of a patient suffering a pulmonary embolism;
  • Arrange tests to help make a firm diagnosis;
  • Diagnose a pulmonary embolism;
  • Treat a pulmonary embolism.

If this has happened to you or a loved one, do not delay in seeking professional legal help from a medical negligence solicitor.

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