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Blood Clot and DVT Compensation Claims

Blood clots are relatively common and usually easily treated when diagnosed quickly. However, if left untreated a blood clot injury can lead to more serious conditions, including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism.

We know victims and their loved ones are often hesitant or reluctant to come forward, but you have every right to seek deep vein thrombosis compensation or make a claim for the pain and suffering caused.

If you’ve suffered a blood clot injury, which you believe could have been prevented by the medical professionals in charge of your care, get in touch with us today.

Specialists in Blood Clot Compensation

We understand that making a claim related to hospital negligence can be an emotional time, so if you or someone you know has suffered in any way, through no fault of their own, please get in touch and we’ll take the worry and hassle out of making a claim. Remember, all claims have a time limit, so get in touch today and we’ll guide you every step of the way.

  • Our team of hospital negligence specialists will advise you on all aspects of pursuing compensation for blood clot claims.
  • Led by Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel members Amanda Stevens and Chris Moore.
  • Specialists in rehabilitation for patients with birth injuries, orthapaedic injuries, GP or hospital negligence and misdiagnosis.
  • Leaders in securing compensation settlements and helping clients make the best possible recovery.
  • Experienced medical negligence solicitors will take the time to understand what you’re going through.

 

 

 

We subscribe as members to AvMA who are an organisation that offer free advice and information to those affected by medical accidents and malpractice, helping to support victims and families in cases of serious clinical negligence. Working closely with the NHS, the government and private health trusts, the AvMA endeavours to improve patient safety across the healthcare sector.

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Blood Clot Claims

There’s absolutely no risk involved in inquiring about your position, or your claim, so it pays to speak with an expert. Ultimately, the only time you’ll end up paying for legal costs is if your case is successful – and even then you will only ever pay an agreed percentage of damages as a contribution to costs.

There is a time limit to make a claim, however, so it’s best to act as quickly as possible. Normally you have three years from the date of your treatment or from the date you realised your condition was a result of your treatment. If you were under the age of 18 when you received the treatment, you’ll have three years from your 18th birthday to make a claim.

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How much will my claim cost?

All blood clot cases taken on by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.

 

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What are blood clots?

Blood clots are very common. Symptoms may have resulted from a period of immobility, including long haul flights and time spent in bed after surgery. Although getting a blood clot can sometimes be put down to bad luck, they can be prevented following surgery but only if the right treatment is administered. If this isn’t done correctly, your clot may have been caused by medical negligence for which you should receive compensation.

Put simply, it is a mass of blood that has changed from liquid to a gel-like or semisolid state.

According to the NHS, thousands of people in the UK develop a blood clot in a vein every year. This is more popularly known in the medical profession as venous thromboembolism (VTE), which also encompasses:

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): A blood clot in a deep vein in the body, such as the leg. Pulmonary embolism: A blood clot in the blood vessel which is responsible for carrying your blood from the heart to the lungs.
How do blood clots happen?

Whilst people presume long haul flights are the cause, which is sometimes the case, lengthy periods of inactivity or immobility after surgery can also lead to a blood clot.

What people don’t tend to realise is that blood clots like this can result in permanent damage or long-term pain relating to the area of surgery.

In extreme cases, the blood clot can travel around the body to the lung, which can result in death.

Preventing blood clots after surgery is the responsibility of the medical professionals in charge of your procedure. They must do everything they can to prevent blood clots from forming. This can include prescribing Warfarin, a blood-thinning medication, and advising you to wear compression socks or stockings 24 hours a day.

Failure to do this could result in a potentially dangerous, damaging or fatal blood clot forming.

What factors could affect a blood clot injury or case of DVT?

Doctors, GPs and medical professionals are responsible for accurately and correctly diagnosing DVT and blood clots before they become serious.

Failure to do so can result in a pulmonary embolism – a blockage in the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel which helps to carry blood from the heart to the lungs. This blockage can be life-threatening because it prevents blood reaching the lungs.

When trying to diagnose this issue, all of the following lifestyle factors should be taken into account to allow an accurate and timely diagnosis to be reached.

  • Is the patient obese?
  • Have they had recent prolonged periods of inactivity?
  • Have any blood vessels been damaged? This may be caused by trauma such as broken bones or muscle damage.
  • Do they have any ongoing medical conditions or treatments?
  • Are blood clots something which are genetic and run in the family?
  • Are they pregnant?
  • Has a contraceptive pill been used recently?
  • Are they undergoing hormone replacement therapy?
  • Are they a smoker?
  • What will the compensation for a blood clot injury cover?

    The amount of compensation awarded for a blood clot injury depends on the type and severity of the problems experienced.

    However, all of the following factors will be taken into account:

  • Direct expenses incurred
  • Impact on your current and future social life
  • Loss of earnings, now and in the future
  • Permanent pain and discomfort
  • Reduced mobility
  • Meet our expert: Renu Daly, a specialist medical negligence solicitor who handles blood clot injury claims

    “If medical professionals let you down by failing to identify a potential risk and you later develop a blood clot injury or pulmonary embolism, their treatment could be seen as being negligent.

    “Because we understand the detrimental effect that this can have on your social life, work life and family life, we do everything we can to get you back on the road to recovery as soon as possible. We also try to factor in the psychological stress which may have been suffered as a result of being let down.

    “Unfortunately, we do deal with cases where complications or errors have proven to be fatal – and this is where our experience comes to the fore as we seek to gain accountability and get the answers which the loved ones who are left behind deserve.

    “If you think you or someone you know is the victim of a blood clot injury which was the result of medical negligence, get in touch with us immediately.

    “All of our blood clot injury claims specialists are experienced at handling these sensitive cases and will do all they can to ensure the legal process is as simple as possible, taking the stress and worry off your shoulders.”

    How long after a blood clot injury can I make a compensation claim?

    As is usually the case with medical negligence claims, you have three years from suffering the blood clot injury, or the date when you realised the blood clot was caused as a result of negligence, to make a claim.

    For claimants who are aged under 18, the three-year time limit starts on their 18th birthday and ends the day they turn 21 and any blood clot compensation claims must begin during this time.

    In cases where a blood clot has resulted in a fatality, the victim’s family or loved ones have three years from the date they died to start a claim.

    "We have secured compensation for mum, after developing blood clot on her lung following surgery."

    Hayley Collinson, Team Supervisor and Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

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