Blood clots are relatively common phenomena, and the chances are that most people know someone, or know of someone, who’s suffered in this way. The usual presumption is that clots of this kind are caused by long haul flights and, while this can be the case, they can also form during a period of immobility following surgery.
If you’ve had surgery on your knee, for example, you may be unable to move around for a lengthy period and this can lead to a blood clot forming in your leg. Clots of this kind can lead to permanent, painful damage to the leg itself and, in some cases, parts of the clot can travel to the lung, which can be fatal.
If you’ve had surgery of the kind detailed above, your clinical team should strive to prevent blood clots forming by prescribing blood thinning medication such as Warfarin and compression stockings to be worn twenty-four hours a day. If these steps aren’t taken, or not taken properly, then a dangerous and damaging clot may form.
If you’ve suffered a blood clot and feel it could have been prevented by the doctors and nurses treating you then you’ve got every right to seek compensation. A blood clot in the lower leg, for example, can lead to months of reduced mobility and permanent pain and discomfort. Not only is this distressing in its’ own right, but it can also have a detrimental effect upon your current and future social and working life.
If, in your case, medical negligence has resulted in a clot, give a trained legal adviser a call on 0800 234 6438 with all the details of your case, particularly of the post-operative treatment which you received. Your injury solicitor should work on a no win no fee basis, which means, above all else, that you don’t have to pay anything before pursuing your case. What it also means, however, is that expert solicitors will only pursue clinical negligence cases which they feel they have a strong chance of winning.
When you fall victim to something like a blood clot , it’s tempting to put it down to bad luck, and see it as being just one of those things that happens. Whist this may sometimes be the case, it’s also true to say that the forming of a blood clot following surgery is something which the right treatment can do much to prevent. If you don’t receive this treatment, or it isn’t administered in the correct manner, then your clot has been caused by negligence and it’s only right that you should receive compensation. An experienced medical negligence solicitor will know just how to go about building the strongest possible case.
The amount of compensation awarded to individual claimants is based upon a set of personal calculations. The money awarded will be decided on the basis of the type and severity of the on-going problems caused, whilst also taking into account direct expenses and lost earnings. If your mobility is reduced on a permanent basis, for example, and this has a detrimental effect on your ability to earn a living, then any compensation will include an amount calculated on the basis of future earnings you’ve lost.
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