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If you develop a DVT and it is not diagnosed or misdiagnosed it can lead to very serious health complications.

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Claiming for DVT negligence

Medical negligence whilst uncommon can have a big impact on your life and wellbeing.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that has potentially life-threatening complications if it’s not diagnosed and treated swiftly. Any medical condition is terrifying but for those that have experienced medical negligence, it can be even worse.

Those affected by medical negligence and let down by the healthcare system, often feel vulnerable and unsure of where to turn. Fortunately, in the UK, most patients receive an excellent standard of care but there are times when patients don’t receive this, resulting in misdiagnosis. If you’ve experienced misdiagnosed DVT due to mistakes made by those that were responsible for your care, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

We understand that any claim can seem like a daunting prospect, particularly when it’s of a medical nature. But we pride ourselves on supporting those that have been affected by medical negligence and working on their behalf to secure the compensation and answers that they deserve. 

 

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We know that compensation can’t reverse what’s already happened but it can help you move forward. If you want to discuss your case and how to take the next steps, we’re here to answer any questions you may have and listen to your case.

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That’s why we are committed to guiding you through every step of the process. We ensure that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by our specialist solicitors, while working alongside medical experts, to guarantee the best results for you.

Our medical negligence team is headed by Laura Morgan who has a wealth of experience in leading complicated, high value DVT negligence cases.

Laura is recognised within the legal profession as a leader in the field of medical negligence and serious injury compensation. Laura has acted in a wide range of cases over her 17 years of practice and has particular expertise in acting for children who have suffered brain injury due to mismanaged birth or surgical errors, and in managing claims that have resulted in the death of a loved one. Laura has achieved a number of large settlements including £5.4 million for a 7 year old and £4 million for an 11 year old child.

Laura’s expertise and dedication to her clients is recognised in the Chambers guide to the Legal Profession in which she was praised for the efficiency of her approach to case handling and described as “tenacious and detail-oriented”.

Laura has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel since 2005 and accredited as a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since 2006. Laura is also a member of the specialist lawyers panel for Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK’s leading charity committed to patient safety and justice.

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Can I claim for deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis?

If you’ve been affected by medical negligence you may be able to take a claim forward against those responsible for your suffering. In order to be successful you must be able to show that there was an opportunity to achieve an accurate diagnosis and that undue suffering was caused as a result.

Deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis compensation claims can be supported by many different pieces of evidence, for instance those showing that your GP failed to order the necessary tests to demonstrating that test results were read inaccurately. If you’re unsure if you have a deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis malpractice case, we can offer you advice. Using our experience of supporting those making medical negligence claims, we’ll listen to your experience and explain if you have a case that could be successful.

How much compensation will I get?

Deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis compensation claims are all unique and this is reflected in the amount of compensation awarded.

Each misdiagnosed deep vein thrombosis lawsuit considers how the patient has been affected in order to place a value on their claim. This includes both special and general damages, from the pain you experienced due to misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis to whether you needed to take time off work as a result. For, this reason it’s impossible to say how much you could receive without first talking to you.

However, every year the NHS pays out millions to those affected by medical negligence, including those that were misdiagnosed. If you want to learn how much your deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis lawsuit could be worth and what the next steps are, Your Legal Friend can help you. We have a team of deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis lawyers on hand to provide you with the guidance and advice you need to take your misdiagnosis claim forward.

How long do I have to make a claim?

Deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis cases have up to three years to be brought forward. If you want to take action after experiencing medical negligence you must act within this time period.

While you have up to three years to make deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis claims we advise our clients to act sooner, as this can help support your case. In order to give you claim a strong foundation, we’ll gather evidence, ranging from medical records to your witness statement. It can often be easier to obtain these the sooner the requests are placed, as well as allowing you to put more detail into your personal statement. Cases of misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis will use this evidence to decide the outcome.

The starting point of the timeframe can also be confusing in some circumstances. Rather than starting when you first visited your GP with concerns, it begins from the ‘date of knowledge’ – the data that you realise medical negligence had occurred. If you’re unsure how long you have to claim misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis compensation, or have any other questions, the team at Your Legal Friend is here to help.

What is deep vein thrombosis?

DVT is a blood clot that forms within a deep vein within the body. Although it can form in any deep vein it’s more common for it to occur in the larger vein that runs through the muscles of the calf and the thigh. DVT is a serious medical condition that requires attention it’s possible for complications to develop. As a result a delayed diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis can have dire consequences. Those that experience medical negligence when suffering with DVT may be able to make a compensation claim to reflect the suffering it has caused.

What causes deep vein thrombosis?

In many cases DVT develops for no known reasons. However, there are some risk factors that mean a person is more likely to develop DVT, including:

Inactivity – Being unable to move for long periods of time can affect the blood flow, leading to it slowing down. While, in most cases this isn’t a cause for concern, it does increase the risk of a blood clot forming.

Being in hospital – As DVT is more likely to occur if you’re inactive or unwell, being in hospital can also increase the risk. If you have had an operation that lasted more than 90 minutes, are having an operation for an inflammatory or abdominal condition, or are confined to bed, you’re also at a greater risk. However, the risk of DVT in hospital should be assessed and preventive measures taken.

Blood vessel damage – Trauma, such as broken bones or severe muscle damage, can affect the blood vessels. In some cases it may lead to vessels becoming blocked or narrowing, which may lead to a blood clot forming. Some conditions and medication can also lead to blood vessel damage.

Medical and genetic conditions – There are some medications and genetic conditions that can increase the risk of DVT as they mean your blood clots easier than normal. These include chemotherapy, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lung disease.

Pregnancy – The blood naturally clots more easily when a person is pregnant. Around one in 100,000 pregnant women will be affected by DVT and pulmonary embolism, a complication of the condition. Although rare, being pregnant means you’re up to 10 times more likely to develop the condition.

Contraceptive pill and HRT – Both the contraceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy have been linked to DVT due to them both containing oestrogen. If you take either of the medications your risk should be monitored.

What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

Not all those that have DVT have symptoms. But those that do may experience:

  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected leg, usually around the calf
  • A heavy ache in the affected area
  • Warm skin in the area of the clot
  • Red skin
  • Pain that may worsen as you bend your foot towards your knee

How is deep vein thrombosis diagnosed?

In most cases if you’re experiencing the signs of DVT, you’ll book an appointment with your GP or raise your concerns with the team responsible for your care if you’re in hospital.

When you talk about your symptoms, your doctor should ask about your medical history too. If they believe that DVT could be to blame for your symptoms, further tests will be needed, as it’s often not possible to diagnose on symptoms alone.

D-dimer test
A specialised blood test called a D-dimer test works by detecting pieces of a blood clot that have been broken down. While, it can be used to indicate if a blood clot is present, a positive result can be due to other reasons and additional tests will need to be carried out before a diagnosis is made.

Ultrasound scan
An ultrasound scan can be used to detect where blood clots are within veins. If you’re found to have a blood clot, doctors may also conduct a specialised scan, allowing them to see how the clot is affecting your blood flow.

Venogram
Sometimes the results of a D-dimer test or ultrasound don’t provide conclusive evidence that DVT is present. If this is the case a venogram may be used. It involves injecting dye into a vein that can be detected by x-ray, allowing those responsible for your care to highlight where a blood clot is affecting the flow of blood.

A delay in deep vein thrombosis diagnosis can mean that complications are more likely to arise, as treatment will also be delayed. If you’ve experienced unnecessary suffering due to a delay in DVT diagnosis you may be able to make a failure to diagnose claim.

How is deep vein thrombosis treated?

In most cases, DVT is treated through medication. Anticoagulant medicines work by preventing the blood clot from growing any larger and can help to stop part of the blood clot breaking off and blocking another part of the blood stream. After being given an initial medication, you may be given further treatments to take to prevent more blood clots forming if you’re at a high risk.

How can deep vein thrombosis be misdiagnosed?

A late deep vein thrombosis diagnosis can occur for multiple reasons and each case is different. Reasons why an accurate diagnosis was missed could include:

  • Your GP failing to recognise the signs of DVT and not asking about your family history to assess the risk
  • The necessary tests for DVT not being ordered
  • Test results being misinterpreted
  • Abnormalities within test results not being followed up
  • A failure to rule out other potential causes

Whether a hospital or GP misdiagnosis deep vein thrombosis occurred, those affected may be able to make a claim for compensation, reflecting the lack of care they received when in need.

What are the complications of misdiagnosed deep vein thrombosis?

DVT has two main complications – pulmonary embolism and post-thrombotic syndrome – both of which can be serious.

Pulmonary embolism
Pulmonary embolism can be fatal and requires urgent treatment. Around 10% of those that have undiagnosed deep vein thrombosis, will develop the complication. It occurs when a piece of the blood clot breaks off and blocks a blood vessel within the lungs. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include breathlessness, chest pain, and sudden collapse. A large clot can cause the lungs to collapse, resulting in heart failure. DVT and pulmonary embolism are sometimes called venous thromboembolism.

Post-thrombotic syndrome
Those suffering with DVT are at risk of developing long-term symptoms, such as calf pain, swelling, a rash, or ulcers on the calf. People that have developed DVT in the thigh, are overweight, or have experienced DVT more than once in the same leg are more at risk of developing post-thrombotic syndrome. Those that have a history of DVT are around 20%-40% likely to develop the complication.

The complications of DVT mean that a failure to diagnose deep vein thrombosis can have a serious impact on the prognosis of the patient as well as their quality of life following treatment. Those that have been let down by the team responsible for their care, leading to missed deep vein thrombosis diagnosis may be able to take a compensation case forward.

What are the statistics on deep vein thrombosis?

DVT affects around one person per 1,000 every year and research indicates that over half have identifiable risk factors, indicating that they were more likely to develop the condition. However, there are many undiagnosed cases of DVT due to there often being no symptoms that raise concerns with those affected, as a result, it’s thought that as many as 33,000 people die from the condition every year.

If you’ve been affected by medical negligence you may be able to take a claim forward against those responsible for your suffering. In order to be successful you must be able to show that there was an opportunity to achieve an accurate diagnosis and that undue suffering was caused as a result.

Deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis compensation claims can be supported by many different pieces of evidence, for instance those showing that your GP failed to order the necessary tests to demonstrating that test results were read inaccurately. If you’re unsure if you have a deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis malpractice case, we can offer you advice. Using our experience of supporting those making medical negligence claims, we’ll listen to your experience and explain if you have a case that could be successful.

Deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis compensation claims are all unique and this is reflected in the amount of compensation awarded.

Each misdiagnosed deep vein thrombosis lawsuit considers how the patient has been affected in order to place a value on their claim. This includes both special and general damages, from the pain you experienced due to misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis to whether you needed to take time off work as a result. For, this reason it’s impossible to say how much you could receive without first talking to you.

However, every year the NHS pays out millions to those affected by medical negligence, including those that were misdiagnosed. If you want to learn how much your deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis lawsuit could be worth and what the next steps are, Your Legal Friend can help you. We have a team of deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis lawyers on hand to provide you with the guidance and advice you need to take your misdiagnosis claim forward.

Deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis cases have up to three years to be brought forward. If you want to take action after experiencing medical negligence you must act within this time period.

While you have up to three years to make deep vein thrombosis misdiagnosis claims we advise our clients to act sooner, as this can help support your case. In order to give you claim a strong foundation, we’ll gather evidence, ranging from medical records to your witness statement. It can often be easier to obtain these the sooner the requests are placed, as well as allowing you to put more detail into your personal statement. Cases of misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis will use this evidence to decide the outcome.

The starting point of the timeframe can also be confusing in some circumstances. Rather than starting when you first visited your GP with concerns, it begins from the ‘date of knowledge’ – the data that you realise medical negligence had occurred. If you’re unsure how long you have to claim misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis compensation, or have any other questions, the team at Your Legal Friend is here to help.

DVT is a blood clot that forms within a deep vein within the body. Although it can form in any deep vein it’s more common for it to occur in the larger vein that runs through the muscles of the calf and the thigh. DVT is a serious medical condition that requires attention it’s possible for complications to develop. As a result a delayed diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis can have dire consequences. Those that experience medical negligence when suffering with DVT may be able to make a compensation claim to reflect the suffering it has caused.

In many cases DVT develops for no known reasons. However, there are some risk factors that mean a person is more likely to develop DVT, including:

Inactivity – Being unable to move for long periods of time can affect the blood flow, leading to it slowing down. While, in most cases this isn’t a cause for concern, it does increase the risk of a blood clot forming.

Being in hospital – As DVT is more likely to occur if you’re inactive or unwell, being in hospital can also increase the risk. If you have had an operation that lasted more than 90 minutes, are having an operation for an inflammatory or abdominal condition, or are confined to bed, you’re also at a greater risk. However, the risk of DVT in hospital should be assessed and preventive measures taken.

Blood vessel damage – Trauma, such as broken bones or severe muscle damage, can affect the blood vessels. In some cases it may lead to vessels becoming blocked or narrowing, which may lead to a blood clot forming. Some conditions and medication can also lead to blood vessel damage.

Medical and genetic conditions – There are some medications and genetic conditions that can increase the risk of DVT as they mean your blood clots easier than normal. These include chemotherapy, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lung disease.

Pregnancy – The blood naturally clots more easily when a person is pregnant. Around one in 100,000 pregnant women will be affected by DVT and pulmonary embolism, a complication of the condition. Although rare, being pregnant means you’re up to 10 times more likely to develop the condition.

Contraceptive pill and HRT – Both the contraceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy have been linked to DVT due to them both containing oestrogen. If you take either of the medications your risk should be monitored.

Not all those that have DVT have symptoms. But those that do may experience:

  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected leg, usually around the calf
  • A heavy ache in the affected area
  • Warm skin in the area of the clot
  • Red skin
  • Pain that may worsen as you bend your foot towards your knee

In most cases if you’re experiencing the signs of DVT, you’ll book an appointment with your GP or raise your concerns with the team responsible for your care if you’re in hospital.

When you talk about your symptoms, your doctor should ask about your medical history too. If they believe that DVT could be to blame for your symptoms, further tests will be needed, as it’s often not possible to diagnose on symptoms alone.

D-dimer test
A specialised blood test called a D-dimer test works by detecting pieces of a blood clot that have been broken down. While, it can be used to indicate if a blood clot is present, a positive result can be due to other reasons and additional tests will need to be carried out before a diagnosis is made.

Ultrasound scan
An ultrasound scan can be used to detect where blood clots are within veins. If you’re found to have a blood clot, doctors may also conduct a specialised scan, allowing them to see how the clot is affecting your blood flow.

Venogram
Sometimes the results of a D-dimer test or ultrasound don’t provide conclusive evidence that DVT is present. If this is the case a venogram may be used. It involves injecting dye into a vein that can be detected by x-ray, allowing those responsible for your care to highlight where a blood clot is affecting the flow of blood.

A delay in deep vein thrombosis diagnosis can mean that complications are more likely to arise, as treatment will also be delayed. If you’ve experienced unnecessary suffering due to a delay in DVT diagnosis you may be able to make a failure to diagnose claim.

In most cases, DVT is treated through medication. Anticoagulant medicines work by preventing the blood clot from growing any larger and can help to stop part of the blood clot breaking off and blocking another part of the blood stream. After being given an initial medication, you may be given further treatments to take to prevent more blood clots forming if you’re at a high risk.

A late deep vein thrombosis diagnosis can occur for multiple reasons and each case is different. Reasons why an accurate diagnosis was missed could include:

  • Your GP failing to recognise the signs of DVT and not asking about your family history to assess the risk
  • The necessary tests for DVT not being ordered
  • Test results being misinterpreted
  • Abnormalities within test results not being followed up
  • A failure to rule out other potential causes

Whether a hospital or GP misdiagnosis deep vein thrombosis occurred, those affected may be able to make a claim for compensation, reflecting the lack of care they received when in need.

DVT has two main complications – pulmonary embolism and post-thrombotic syndrome – both of which can be serious.

Pulmonary embolism
Pulmonary embolism can be fatal and requires urgent treatment. Around 10% of those that have undiagnosed deep vein thrombosis, will develop the complication. It occurs when a piece of the blood clot breaks off and blocks a blood vessel within the lungs. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include breathlessness, chest pain, and sudden collapse. A large clot can cause the lungs to collapse, resulting in heart failure. DVT and pulmonary embolism are sometimes called venous thromboembolism.

Post-thrombotic syndrome
Those suffering with DVT are at risk of developing long-term symptoms, such as calf pain, swelling, a rash, or ulcers on the calf. People that have developed DVT in the thigh, are overweight, or have experienced DVT more than once in the same leg are more at risk of developing post-thrombotic syndrome. Those that have a history of DVT are around 20%-40% likely to develop the complication.

The complications of DVT mean that a failure to diagnose deep vein thrombosis can have a serious impact on the prognosis of the patient as well as their quality of life following treatment. Those that have been let down by the team responsible for their care, leading to missed deep vein thrombosis diagnosis may be able to take a compensation case forward.

DVT affects around one person per 1,000 every year and research indicates that over half have identifiable risk factors, indicating that they were more likely to develop the condition. However, there are many undiagnosed cases of DVT due to there often being no symptoms that raise concerns with those affected, as a result, it’s thought that as many as 33,000 people die from the condition every year.