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Talk To A Firm With Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Experience

Attorney Eric Weinberg obtained a $2.8 million jury verdict and settlement in a pulmonary embolism lawsuit brought on behalf of the family of a patient who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism (PE). The jury found the doctor negligent for failing to diagnose a PE despite the patient’s ongoing signs and symptoms.  A pretrial settlement was also reached with two surgeons who failed to prescribe a blood thinner despite the patient’s underlying risk factors for developing blood clots as a surgical complication.

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What Is Pulmonary Embolism Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional deviates from an accepted standard of care causing patient injury or death.  DVT and pulmonary embolism medical malpractice may have occurred if a healthcare professional failed to:

  • Provide preventive or prophylactic DVT/PE measures
  • Diagnose and treat DVT/PE

Are You Entitled To File A Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has suffered a pulmonary embolism or blood clots as the result of a healthcare worker’s negligence, then you may be able to file a pulmonary embolism lawsuit. For more information, please call us toll free at 877-934-6274, or submit our easy to use Free Legal Case Evaluation Form.

About 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) when referring to both a 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 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.  For a free legal case evaluation, please call us toll free at 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.

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