Normally forming in the thigh or lower leg, deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
occurs when a blood clot develops in a vein well beneath the surface of
the skin. This is a serious condition that can cause severe health issues.
It is important to make sure you seek medical attention right away if
you notice any of the signs or symptoms.
Seven of the most common signs of deep vein thrombosis are:
- Warming of the skin
- Visible veins
- Tired legs
If you notice any of these signs, act swiftly. A blood clot that breaks
free can potentially travel through the veins and into your lungs, causing
a pulmonary embolism. If not treated, this can be deadly. Much like DVT,
this condition may not always show symptoms and can go completely unrecognizable
until you experience sharp chest pains, quick breathing, lightheadedness,
shortness of breath, and sudden coughing.
DVT and Failure to Diagnosis
There are multiple treatment options for someone who has developed DVT.
Oftentimes, doctors will use various blood thinning medications or compression
stockings to prevent the swelling. These can help your body reduce the
chances of developing future clots. These are great treatment options
if your doctor properly diagnosis deep vein thrombosis.
Should a doctor not diagnose deep vein thrombosis after noticing the signs
and running through various tests, this may result in a
medical malpractice case. Failure to properly diagnose a patient is an act of negligence.
If you or your loved one suffered due to a doctor’s failure to detect
deep vein thrombosis and it led to a pulmonary embolism, take legal action.
At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our Chicago personal injury attorneys
believe that negligent medical professionals should be held accountable
for their actions — or inaction — if it leads to significant
injury. Discuss your case with us in a
free consultation and allow us to explain your legal rights and options.
Call us right away.