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$2.8 Million Jury Verdict and Settlement in Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit

Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit News – Attorney Eric Weinberg obtained a $2.8 million jury verdict and settlement in a pulmonary embolism wrongful death lawsuit, brought on behalf of the family of a surgical patient who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism. The jury found the physician negligent for failing to diagnose and treat the condition despite the patient’s ongoing signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. In the same case, our firm also obtained a settlement from two surgeons who failed to prescribe a blood thinner despite the patient’s multiple risk factors for developing blood clots as a complication of surgery.

Obtain a Free Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Case Evaluation

Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Help – If you or a loved one has suffered a pulmonary embolism or blood clots and you have a question regarding your legal rights, please call us toll free at 877-934-6274, or submit our easy to use Free Legal Case Evaluation Form. Let us help you take the first step towards seeking compensation for your injuries.

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to the abnormal formation blood clots in the deep veins of the legs, pelvis, and arms. A pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a blood clot breaks free and travels to the arteries of the lungs, causing a sudden blockage. Medical professionals may use the term venous thromboembolism (VTE) to encompass both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and the resulting pulmonary embolism (PE). Because the clot can block the flow of blood to the lungs, a pulmonary embolism can be disabling or fatal.

PE and DVT are Preventable and Treatable

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report titled “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.” Based on the Surgeon General’s May 2006 workshop on DVT and PE, the report concludes that proven medical practices that can assess patient risk; and prevent, diagnose, and treat DVT and PE in the at risk patient are available to the medical community. The report further concludes that patients who could benefit from these proven medical practices are not receiving them because too many health care providers are not aware of the practices, nor are these practices applied to patient care in a consistent and routine manner.

Drawing from published studies, the Surgeon General’s “Call to Action” reports that approximately 350,000 to 600,000 patients suffer DVT and PE each year in the United States, with minimum of 100,000 related DVT and PE deaths annually, underscoring the scope of this preventable tragedy.

Pulmonary Embolism and Blood Clot Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider deviates from an accepted standard of medical care causing injury or death to a patient. Pulmonary embolism medical malpractice may have occurred if the physician has deviated from the standards of care by failing to:

  • Assess a patient’s risk for a DVT/PE event
  • Provide preventive or prophylactic DVT/PE measures
  • Diagnose and treat DVT/PE

Pulmonary Embolism and Blood Clot Risk Factors

Following, is a list of medical conditions that may put you or a loved one at risk for developing DVT/PE:

  • Current or previous diagnosis of blood clots, or previous pulmonary embolism
  • Hospitalization
  • Recent surgery
  • Recent period of immobilization, e.g., bed rest or an immobilization cast
  • Prolonged air plane or car travel
  • Recent broken bone
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Pregnancy, or recent birth
  • Increased age
  • Some medications including hormonal birth control, including Yaz, or hormonal therapy in women, and testosterone therapy in men.
  • Previous stroke or heart attack
  • Physical trauma or injury
  • Recent spinal cord injury
  • Family history of blood clots
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Inherited or genetic blood clotting condition which increases clotting, e.g., Factor V Leiden
  • Central venous catheter
  • Varicose veins
  • Current or recent infection
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) including Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

Some PE victims may experience symptoms while others may experience no symptoms at all. In addition, some PE victims experience DVT symptoms only. Because a PE is a medical emergency, it is important to seek medical attention if you experience any PE or DVT symptoms. Symptoms of PE may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Sudden shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Cough or cough with blood
  • Wheezing
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heart beat)
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Bluish tint to skin, or paleness
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Tachypnea (increased or rapid breathing)
  • Tachycardia (increased heart rate)
  • Fever

Blood Clot or Deep Vein Thrombosis Symptoms

Some DVT patients may experience symptoms while others may experience no symptoms at all. Because a DVT is a medical emergency, it is important to seek medical attention if you experience any DVT symptoms or suspect that you may be experiencing a DVT. Symptoms of DVT may include:

  • Swelling of the leg or along the vein of the leg; or swelling in the affected part of the body
  • Pain and tenderness in leg; or pain and tenderness in the affected part of the body
  • Skin in affected area may appear red or discolored and be warm to the touch

Obtain a DVT or Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Case Evaluation

The Weinberg Law Firm represents medical malpractice victims, including those who have suffered the consequences of a pulmonary embolism or DVT. Our firm also handles Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuits related to durg side effects, including the medications testosterone and Yaz. For a free legal case evaluation, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274. You can also contact our law firm online by using the easy-to-use Legal Case Evaluation Form found on this page. You may also wish to visit our website dedicated to to DVT and PE litigation, www.pulmonaryembolismlawsuit.com.

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