I developed deep vein thrombosis after a hospital stay. Can I sue the hospital?

I’m sorry to hear about your medical issues. Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the leg, and the clot moves to the brain, heart, or lungs. It’s not uncommon for individuals to develop these clots while they are under the care of a doctor or hospital, and to suffer from serious medical complications as a result. It is important that health care providers make an effort to recognize and prevent blood clots, and to promptly treat patients who develop them.

In many cases, individuals who develop deep vein thrombosis do not have any symptoms. Those who are at the greatest risk of developing blood clots are those who have had recent surgery or suffered physical trauma. Blood clots are a normal part of the healing process, but if they develop in the wrong spot in the body they can become a problem. Some individuals who develop deep vein thrombosis have pain in a leg, a tender feeling, changes in skin tone, swelling, or a warm feeling in the leg. If it is not quickly identified and treated it can be fatal.

A common way to treat blood clots is to administer blood thinning medications. Patients can also use pressure socks or stockings. There are also surgical options to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis. If your deep vein thrombosis was not promptly diagnosed and treated, you may have legal options. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.