Thousands of people develop blood clots every day and they often go undetected as many do not cause physical symptoms. However, a large blood clot can either develop in a vein or in an artery and can cause serious illness. Blood clots in the vein are commonly found in the leg but they can move to the lungs causing breathlessness and sudden collapse if the clot was not originally diagnosed. An arterial blood clot is the main cause of heart attacks and strokes. There are many ways to prevent blood clots and those at risk of developing one should be informed of this by their GP. Some causes of blood clot in a vein include those who have long periods of inactivity, broken bones or damaged muscles and some forms of medication. Some people are more at risk than others including women who are pregnant, women on the contraceptive pill, smokers, those over the age of 60 and overweight individuals. Failure to diagnose a blood clot can lead to serious illness and long-term effects on the sufferer.
Long-term effects of failure to diagnose an illness
Failure to diagnose a blood clot can be catastrophic as the patient may develop Deep Vein Thrombosis and suffer pain and difficulty with movement. A blood clot in the leg can travel to the lungs if left undiagnosed which can cause breathlessness and collapse. This is called a pulmonary embolism. Doctors and physicians should inform a patient if they are part of an at-risk group for blood clots and they should give advice on how to prevent a potential blood clot. If a patient has been informed they are at risk of developing a blood clot and suffer pain and swelling in the leg, a doctor should consider this a possibility. If you have discovered you had a blood clot but your physician failed to diagnose it, then you could be entitled to compensation, particularly if you develop complications thereafter.
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Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which can help you with your medical malpractice compensation claim. As we have been helping victims of injuries and illnesses which were the fault of someone else for almost 14 years, you are in safe hands. Our team have dealt with a variety of cases and treat each one as unique therefore you will be able to get an idea of how successful your claim is likely to be by giving us a call. Our helpline is open 24/7 and is free and we operate under a ‘no win, no fee’ policy to ensure that you benefit fully from your compensation claim.