A pulmonary embolism, also referred to as a blood clot, is a condition involving one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot. Pulmonary embolisms can be caused by blood clots that travel from the legs or other parts of the body (deep vein thrombosis). Tell tale signs and symptoms of a blood clot in the lungs are shortness of breath, chest pain, and a cough. Quick and accurate diagnosing of a pulmonary embolism is crucial as that leads to immediate treatment. The sooner the treatment begins the sooner the clot breaks up greatly reducing the risk of death. This can be done with blood thinners and drugs or procedures. Compression stockings and physical activity can help prevent clots from forming in the first place. Unfortunately pulmonary embolisms are commonly misdiagnosed especially when your first visit is to an emergency room. If a medical misdiagnosis has resulted in further injury you may be entitled to medical benefits, care and financial compensation. You need the help of our skilled medical negligence attorneys handling pulmonary embolism misdiagnosis lawsuits.
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A deep venous thrombosis, abbreviated DVT, is a blood clot formed inside deep veins in your legs or pelvis. Normal blood flow is blocked causing pressure to build up in the vein. A portion of the clot can break off and move through the bloodstream into the lungs. If the clot blocks one or more of the blood vessels in your lungs, it is called a pulmonary embolism.
Blood clots in the lungs are very commonly misdiagnosed as a pulmonary embolism is often deemed asthma or pneumonia. Emergency rooms, hospitals and nursing homes are common healthcare facilities where pulmonary embolisms are inaccurately diagnosed. These diagnostic errors occur mainly due to understaffing or the facility being short staffed, provider not taking full medical history, not completing full medical exam, not monitoring the patient properly, not ordering correct labs and or not obtaining a timely pulmonary consult or cardiology consult.
A pulmonary embolism can kill the patient if it is not diagnosed properly and treated correctly with blood thinners, anti-embolism stockings, thrombolytic therapy and surgery in some cases. Patients who have lost consciousness aka passed out, have bradycardia, low blood pressure and or low heart rate have an especially high wrongful death rate.
Each state has different types of benefits and forms of financial compensation that can be awarded for medical malpractice claims. Common ones are pain and suffering compensation, lost wage compensation, medical care and lowered quality of life compensation.
If you lost a loved one due to the blood clot not being diagnosed and treated properly you may be able to obtain death benefits, funeral benefits and survival benefits. Let our Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys review your claim thoroughly at no charge.
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