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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Signs & Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis

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.

Failure to Diagnose DVT

A doctor who fails to diagnose deep vein thrombosis may be liable in a medical malpractice case. Failure to properly diagnose a patient is an act of negligence, and when a patient suffers harm as a result, the doctor may be responsible for compensating the victim. 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, consult an attorney immediately, as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Discover How We Help You Seek Compensation

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.

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