Deep Vein Thrombosis Attorneys in Chicago

Helping Patients After Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose

Medical professionals are relied upon to provide the highest standard of service when it comes to treating their patients. This includes making sure that all conditions are thoroughly examined and tested to ensure proper diagnosis. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always occur. When a patient has deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the doctor or physician must run various tests in order to make sure the diagnosis is accurate. Because symptoms of deep vein thrombosis mimic those of other conditions, doctors can misidentify the condition.

At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers are well aware that a misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis can lead to serious injury. This is because proper treatment is not performed and the individual can suffer from a pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis is when a blood clot forms in a vein deep beneath the skin, normally in the thigh or lower leg. The blood clot can travel to the lungs causing serious problems. If the doctor was able to correctly diagnose DVT, harm can be prevented with proper treatment.

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Symptoms to Be Aware Of

It is important to understand the various signs of deep vein thrombosis so that you may seek treatment quickly. Estimates show that 10 — 30% of people will die within the first month of being diagnosed with DVT. Roughly 33% of people who have DVT will have a recurrence within 10 years. The symptoms of deep vein thrombosis may be confused with other conditions, so make sure your doctor is thorough.

Symptoms may include the following:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Leg fatigue
  • Highly visible veins
  • Warm skin

If you notice any of these signs, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. The most common treatment is the use of blood thinners to help prevent further clots and keep the current clot from growing any larger than it already is. Some patients may be unable to take blood thinner, in which case there are alternatives.

Discover How We Help You Seek Compensation

Our Chicago misdiagnosis lawyers at Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. know that when deep vein thrombosis is not correctly diagnosed, serious injury can occur. This can affect the life of the victim and his or her family. Our team looks to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions. If you need legal counsel, trust that we are on your side from start to finish and are ready to help you seek compensation.

If you are ready to begin, call us at (312) 313-0202.