DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is the formation of a blood clot, usually in the lower leg. This often occurs in the post-operative period when a patient is immobile. DVTs can also form following trauma such as in the event of a leg fracture, or if a patient suffers from a blood disorder.
DVTs are easily treated if recognised and timely treatment initiated and usually resolve without complication. Where issues arise is where there is a delay in recognising that a DVT has formed and/or a resultant delay in commencing anti-coagulation medication to disperse the clot. In this event, the clot can break down and travel around the body, lodging itself in a blood vessel around the lungs which can result in a more serious injury known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). A PE can result in catastrophic injury and/or death.
Medical staff ought to be alert to the signs of a DVT and advise patients on the signs to look out for in the post-operative period. This includes pain and swelling in the legs or often discolouration or bruising. If a DVT is suspected, a Doppler scan or ultrasound should be carried out without delay. If this confirms a DVT, anticoagulation such as Warfarin should be commenced immediately.
We have acted in a number of cases in the past number of years concerning the treatment of DVTs following varicose vein surgery, in both men and women aged from the late 20s to mid-50s. In these cases, our clients developed DVTs in the days following their surgery but were sent home without treatment when they presented to their local hospital. In one case, the delay led to the development of PE and catastrophic brain injuries.
Worthingtons Solicitors have a dedicated team of Solicitors with extensive experience in handling medical negligence cases involving all aspects of medical care. If you believe that a hospital or doctor in causing or failing to recognise and treat a DVT, which has subsequently resulted in injury, we will gladly provide advice on all aspects of medical negligence claims in Northern Ireland.
Contact the Clinical neg partners Nikki McConnell, Ciaran McConnell or Claire McDaid for advice and guidance.
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