Blood Clot Misdiadnosis
What is a Blood Clot?
A blood clot is lump or blood that has gone from liquid to a gel-like state in order to stop bleeding. 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.
What Causes Abnormal Blood Clots?
There are many causes of blood clots, such as injuries, surgeries, or a person’s 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 – To treat DVT, doctors surgically implant a device called a blood clot filter. However, if the patient experiences device failure, serious consequences result. Additionally, blood clot filters removed to early or late increase chances of harmful injuries.
- Birth Control – A recent warning from the FDA confirmed drospirenone, an ingredient in many birth control pills, increases chances of blood clots. These blood clots can cause a potentially life-threatening pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or stroke.
- Prescription Medication Error – When a patient suffers from a blood clot, doctors prescribe certain medications. Some of these medications, like Xarelto, actually cause blood clots if patients stop taking the drug 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. Post-operative blood cause sudden, increased swelling as well as pain.
Blood Clot Complications
Overlooked blood clots put patients at an extreme risk. Patients can suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries when a misdiagnosed blood clot travels through the body and into the heart, lungs, or brain. Blood clots can block the flow of blood to vital organs, causing damage or tissue death. Blood clots that travel to the brain often prove to be fatal.
Experienced Blood Clot Lawyers
If you or someone you love suffered an injury or death as the result of an undiagnosed blood clot in Philadelphia, you may be able to file a claim. Call the experienced blood clot lawyers at Lopez McHugh LLP today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.