Houston Deep Vein Thrombosis Lawyer
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can cause life-threatening conditions. DVTs are blood clots that form in the deep veins of the legs, but they can also form in the arms. Venous thromboembolism disorders like DVT are the third leading cause of death related to cardiovascular disease.
If a medical provider fails to diagnose a DVT, the patient could die. That’s why the Houston deep vein thrombosis lawyers of Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers represent individuals and families who have suffered damages because of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose deep vein thrombosis.
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How Our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You with a Medical Malpractice Claim
If a doctor fails to diagnose and treat a condition, a patient could die or suffer irreparable harm. Fortunately, injured patients can hold negligent medical providers responsible under Texas wrongful death laws or medical malpractice laws. If a doctor fails to diagnose your deep vein thrombosis, you need legal help.
Our Houston personal injury lawyers have over 45 years of combined legal experience handling injury claims. Rest assured, we have the resources necessary to pursue a complicated medical malpractice claim. We’ve already recovered millions for our clients.
When you hire Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers you can expect us to:
- Determine whether your doctor breached the standard of care in the treatment of your DVT
- Identify all parties who might share the liability for your claim
- Work with medical experts to determine the cause of your DVT and how your doctor’s negligence or errors impacted your condition
- Document your damages and injuries to maximize recovery
- File and monitor insurance claims and claims with third parties
- Monitor the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits
- Negotiate a settlement for your injury claim that is fair
Our accident attorneys protect your best interest. Call now to learn more about ways we can help you with an injury claim in Houston, Texas.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis
It is normal for blood to clot after surgery and other injuries. It is part of the healing process. However, when a blood clot forms in a blood vessel instead of the location of the injury, a patient could be at severe risk of life-threatening conditions.
The risk of blood clots increases because of:
- Injury to the vein caused by surgery, trauma, improperly inserted venous catheters, intravenous drug use, and previous DVTs
- Increased risk of coagulation from genetic deficiencies, cancer, heart failure, sepsis, and other disorders or conditions
- Reduced blood flow because of immobility from general anesthesia, stroke, operations, and bed rest
- Increased blood viscosity from dehydration, thrombocytosis, and other causes
Other risk factors that increase the risk of developing DVT include advanced age, obesity, surgery, and pregnancy. Doctors should monitor patients carefully for blood clots, especially when the patient has an increased risk of developing DVT or PE. They can perform blood tests, imaging tests, and other diagnostic measures to detect a blood clot.
Symptoms of DVT include:
- Leg fatigue
- Warm skin
- Highly visible veins
Blood thinners (anticoagulants) are commonly used to treat DVTs. Thrombolytics (clot busters) and vena cava filters are other forms of treatment for DVT. In addition, compression stockings are often used in preventing blood clots. After surgery, it is essential to take steps to reduce the risk of DVT.
Consequences of Failing to Diagnose and Treat DVT
Failure to treat DVT may result in the blood clot breaking loose and traveling to the lungs or heart. The result could be heart failure. Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot enters the lungs.
Permanent impairments and death could result from failing to treat deep vein thrombosis. Patients who have DVTs may develop post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). The condition is a disabling complication that can reduce a person’s quality of life and result in costly medical treatment. PTS develops in about 20 to 50 percent of patients with DVT.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits for Failing to Diagnose DVT
Up to 100,000 people die each year from DVT and PE. As many as 900,000 people develop deep vein thrombosis or venous thromboembolism each year. One-third of patients with DVT develop a pulmonary embolism.
Failing to diagnose deep vein thrombosis could result in a medical malpractice claim. Doctors have a duty to evaluate risk factors, recognize procedures and conditions that could cause DVTs, and take steps to prevent DVTs in patients with known risk factors. Failing to monitor and diagnose DVTs can cause significant pain, complications, impairment, and death.
If you or a loved one has suffered harm because a doctor failed to diagnose or treat deep vein thrombosis, you could be entitled to compensation for damages. Damages include physical pain, lost wages, medical bills, and much more. You may also be entitled to compensation for permanent impairments and future damages.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Houston Deep Vein Thrombosis Lawyers
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