No win, no fee blood clot & DVT claims
You can be represented by a highly-experienced blot clot and DVT injury specialist lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.
Blood clot & DVT compensation
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can be very serious because blood clots can travel to your lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening and needs treatment straight away.
Blood clots can be prevented following surgery if the right treatment is administered. If this isn’t done correctly, a clot can occur due to medical negligence. If this happens, you could be entitled to compensation.
Medical professionals must do everything they can to prevent blood clots from forming and are responsible for accurately diagnosing DVT and blood clots before they become serious. Treatment can include Warfarin, a blood-thinning medication, and advising you to wear compression socks or stockings 24 hours a day.
Failure to take appropriate action 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 can be life-threatening because it prevents blood reaching the lungs.
Specialist blood clot & DVT injury solicitors
If you’ve suffered a blood clot, which you believe could have been prevented or treated sooner by the medical professionals in charge of your care, get in touch with us today. Our dedicated medical negligence team have vast experience ensuring your case reflects the severity of the situation and the support you and your family need. They will:
- Provide a compassionate and understanding service tailored to your situation.
- Help you gain access to support services to make the best possible recovery.
- Seek interim compensation payments where possible for medical equipment, rehabilitation, accommodation or assisted care.
- Help you plan for any long-term care needs.
Read how we secured compensation for Tina Grace after she developed a blood clot on her lung after being sent home from hospital following surgery.
Causes of blood clots & DVT
When trying to diagnose this issue, the following factors should be taken into account by medical professionals:
- Has the patient recently had a prolonged period of inactivity?
- Is the patient obese?
- Have any blood vessels been damaged?
- Do they have any ongoing medical conditions?
- Are blood clots 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?
If you suffered a blood clot which you believe could have been prevented or treated sooner by the medical professional in charge of your care, get in touch with us today.
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How to make a blood clot & DVT claim
Make a claim in six easy steps
Free Initial Advice
Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.
We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.
Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports
We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.
Letter Of Claim
We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.
Prepare Claim Valuation
We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.
We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.
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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.
Blood clots can be prevented following surgery but only if the right treatment is administered.
A blood clot it is a mass of blood that has changed from liquid to a gel-like or semisolid state. 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.
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.
What will the compensation for a blood clot 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:
- Impact on your current and future social life.
- Loss of earnings, now and in the future.
- Pain and discomfort.
- Reduced mobility.
- Expenses incurred.
How long after a blood clot can I make a compensation claim?
Usually you have three years from suffering the blood clot, or from 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 or three years from the date of knowledge of the blood clot.
If the person who has suffered the blood clot lacks capacity the time limit maybe disapplied.
Was I properly advised on my treatment options?
Doctors and surgeons are not allowed to carry out any medical treatment unless the patient – or their next of kin – has been fully informed of any potential risks and any alternative treatment options available.
Patients should be fully involved in decisions relating to their medical treatment and be able to make an informed choice about the treatment they receive.
Our team at Hudgell Solicitors has represented many clients who have undergone treatments or been given medication, unaware of potential future complications or issues. Common examples include:
- Failing to inform patients of the potential risks of operations / treatments.
- Failing to warn patients of potential side effects of treatments / medications.
- Failing to inform patient of alternative treatment options.
- Failing to warn of patients of potential complications during /following surgery.
- Failing to inform patients that further surgery may still be required.
- Failing to provide accurate information on the expertise of surgeons.
- Failing to offer options other than surgery.
- Failing to consult fully with mothers / parents on birth delivery plans / options.
Read more about consent here: Failure to Obtain Informed Consent
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