Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious and sometimes lethal condition. DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in the leg or the thigh. The blood clot may move to the heart, lungs, or brain. Some patients develop these clots while they are under the care of a doctor or a hospital and may suffer from some very serious medical complications. Doctors and hospitals have the duty to recognize when patients are at high risk for blood clots and need to make appropriate efforts to monitor those patients for signs of a blood clot.
DVT occurs when a blood clot develops in the veins located in the lower leg or thigh. These blood clots may have no symptoms at all, or may involve pain in the leg, a tender feeling to the touch, a warm temperature in the leg, swelling, and changes in the tone of the skin. Those who are at greatest risk of developing blood clots are those who have had recent surgery, had serious burns, or suffered physical trauma.
When a blood clot in the leg occurs, it can become dislodged, and can pose the risk of a heart attack, stroke, or a pulmonary embolism if the clot does not break apart before reaching the brain, heart, or lungs. One common way to treat blood clots is to administer blood thinning medications, which can help prevent clots from forming and can break up existing clots. However, blood thinning medications come with their own risks. Surgical options are also available to prevent and treat DVT.
If you have suffered from a DVT while you were under the care of a doctor or a hospital, and you had serious health problems as a result, you should speak with an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on Google+ to learn more about our firm.