Blood clots can threaten your health and future. Some of the most devastating blood clots are the result of an injury known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). When you develop DVT, blood clots form in your leg or thigh and travel north. These clots can be incredibly dangerous if they reach the heart, lungs, or brain.
You may be at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis if you are in an accident or the victim of medical negligence. If someone else is responsible for your injury, you have the right to demand compensation. The money you recover can help to alleviate your financial burdens and help you cope with the trauma of the injury. Hiring an attorney will significantly increase the chances of recovering the money you deserve. Call our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys to schedule your free consultation today.
Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis can develop for a variety of reasons. There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing DVT, including age, weight, gender, and family history of clots of embolisms. However, there are times when you develop an injury like deep vein thrombosis through no fault of your own. It is not uncommon for accident victims, neglected nursing home residents, and victims of medical malpractice to suffer from deep vein thrombosis.
Accidents and Deep Vein Thrombosis
It’s not uncommon for blood clots to develop after an accident. Why? Accidents tend to involve two things that are the perfect breeding ground for clots: trauma and immobility. When you sustain trauma in an accident your body will go into overdrive trying to fix itself. If you’ve suffered internal damage, it can be difficult for the body to do this without outside assistance. If your injury has left you with limited mobility, the chances of developing a clot increase significantly.
It’s important to get checked out after an accident, even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured. Seeing a doctor will help to ensure that all injuries, including blood clots, are identified as quickly as possible. Early identification is crucial in preventing the devastating consequences of a clot that reaches the heart, lungs, or brain.
Accidents that may cause blood clots include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents, and more.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents tend to be elderly and have limited mobility. Unfortunately, increased age and limited mobility are two factors that can increase the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. As a result, it’s not uncommon for elderly nursing home residents often develop life-threatening blood clots. The risk of deep vein thrombosis and complications is significantly higher when residents are abused or neglected by their caretakers. Nursing homes have an obligation to make sure their residents are cared for and receive the proper medical assistance. This can involve getting residents up, having them move around, and changing bed sheets. When this doesn’t happen, residents can develop bed sores and clots.
Medical Negligence and Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis can also occur when medical professionals fail to account for or diagnose a blood clot. This can happen when evaluating a patient after an accident or during a surgical procedure. We trust doctors and medical professionals with our lives. We expect that they will act with a certain level of expertise and knowledge that we lack. Doctors and medical professionals who fail to search for, diagnose, or prevent blood clots can be liable for medical negligence if there are serious complications.
Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis can cause you to experience a wide range of symptoms in your leg. These may include:
- Pain or tenderness, especially to the touch
- Discoloration or redness
- Unusual warmth or heat, and
- Swollen veins.
It’s important to seek medical attention immediately if you notice any of these signs and symptoms.
Complications of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Life-threatening complications can arise when deep vein thrombosis is left untreated. Potential complications include:
Pulmonary Embolism: A pulmonary embolism occurs when blood vessels in your lungs become blocked by a clot from another area of the body, typically the leg. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include:
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain
- Racing pulse
- Dizziness, and
A pulmonary embolism can be fatal if the attack is not treated immediately.
Postphlebitic Syndrome: A blood clot does not necessarily have to reach an organ to cause damage. Blood clots can limit the blood flow to a certain part of the body. This can result in limited mobility, chronic pain, tissue death, and more. This is known as postphlebitic syndrome.
Stroke: When a blood clot reaches the brain you are at risk of suffering a cerebral embolism and having a stroke. A cerebral embolism occurs when a blood clot from a different part of your body blocks blood flow to the brain. Nearly 15 percent of all strokes are the result of a cerebral embolism. Many are a consequence of deep vein thrombosis.
How Our Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you’ve suffered deep vein thrombosis and someone else is to blame, you have the right to file a claim or lawsuit for damages. However, dealing with the consequences of a blood clot can be overwhelming. The last thing you should do is try to navigate a complex legal claim while you try to recover from your injury. Hiring an attorney will give you the time to focus on getting better. At the same time, it will also increase the likelihood of recovering the money you deserve.
Here’s how our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys will help you with your deep vein thrombosis claim.
Level the Playing Field
Insurance companies don’t want to pay you for your injury. They’ll do everything they can to deny your claim and minimize the compensation you receive. If they see that you’re overwhelmed by emotions, they will jump at the chance to manipulate you into accepting a low offer. Hiring an attorney to represent you will level the playing field. Our attorneys will not let insurers trick you into accepting a low offer or take advantage of you in any way.
Ensure Your Claim is Filed On Time
In California, you only have a short window of time in which you can file a lawsuit for damages. In most cases, you’ll have two years from the date of your accident or injury to file a claim. The statute of limitations may be extended if you don’t notice your injury right away or can’t find the person who is to blame. Our attorneys will make sure that your claim isn’t denied because of a legal technicality. Your claim will be filed within the applicable statute of limitations.
Seek All Applicable Damages
Our attorneys will aggressively pursue both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are intended to make up for financial losses, while non-economic damages compensate for physical and emotional costs of your injury. We will carefully investigate your accident, determine every cause, and identify who is to blame. We will then seek damages from anyone who contributed to your accident. Damages can include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Nursing care
- Lost wages
- Chronic pain
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
We work closely with experts to make sure that your injuries and damages are valued properly. Hard evidence and proof of your damages allow us to maximize your recovery.
Call Our Attorneys Today For a Free Consultation
At Citywide Law Group, our personal injury lawyers are committed to helping accident victims across Los Angeles. We understand how devastating an injury like deep vein thrombosis can be and will fight to get you the money you deserve. Contact us today schedule your free consultation. When we meet, we will review the details of your case and explain your legal rights and options. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so do not hesitate to call us for help today.