What is a Blood Clot?
Blood clots are necessary for stopping the flow of blood when an injury occurs. However, when blood clots unknowingly form inside of the body, they can cause dangerous health conditions including heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary emboli, and more. If you or someone you know in the Pennsylvania area suffered an injury or death as the result of an misdiagnosed blood clot, you may be able to file a claim. Please contact one of our Philadelphia Blood Clot Lawyers as soon as possible.
What Causes Abnormal Blood Clots?
There are many causes of blood clots, such as injuries, surgeries, or lifestyle. Blood clots can have serious medical consequences and, when medical malpractice or negligence, prevents the prompt diagnosis and treatment, they may become even more serious.
This includes but is not limited to:
- DVT – A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the leg and can cause serious damage. It can present as a swelling in the leg but at times doesn’t show at all to the naked eye. When a DVT goes undiagnosed, it can lead to pulmonary embolism or postthrombotic syndrome.
- PE – A pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot forms in the lungs, which is especially dangerous because it can lead to long-term damage and death. Many PE’s occur when a DVT goes undiagnosed.
- Faulty Blood Clot Filter – When a DVT is diagnosed, a surgical implant called a blood clot filter may be implanted. However, if this device fails, is removed to early, or is not removed in a timely manner, it can have serious consequences for the patient it was supposed to help.
- Birth Control – A recent warning from the FDA has confirmed that drospirenone, an ingredient in many birth control pills, is linked to a higher incidence in the formation of blood clots compared to other pills. These blood clots can cause a potentially life-threatening pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or stroke.
- Prescription Medication Error – There are prescriptions given to patients who have blood clots. Some of these prescriptions, like Xarelto, can actually cause blood clots if the dosing is stopped too soon. Other medications can interfere with blood clotting ones and should not be taken in conjunction such as Eliquis, Coumadin, Pradaxa, Savaysa, Heparin, and others.
- Surgical Complications – Blood clots can be a complication of surgery, especially orthopedic surgeries where mobility is restricted. Blood clots following surgery may result in sudden, increased swell as well as pain.
How is Blood Clot Misdiagnosed?
Many blood clots can be overlooked altogether, and catastrophic damage can occur when a blood clot travels to the heart and stops blood flow in the lungs or brain. Pulmonary embolisms can almost always be prevented if diagnosed on time, but over 60,000 people still die from them each year in the U.S.
Philadelphia Blood Clot Lawyers
If you or someone you know in the Pennsylvania area suffered an injury or death as the result of an undiagnosed blood clot, you may be able to file a claim. Please contact one of our Philadelphia Blood Clot Lawyers as soon as possible for a free consultation.