Pulmonary Emboli/Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

When a patient in a hospital has surgery, there are a number of complications that can occur if doctors, nurses and health care staff do not take proper precautions for the safety of the patient. One post-surgery complication that can occur is lung damage, and possibly death.

What is DVT and Pulmonary Emboli?

People are at serious risk when blood starts to pool in their thigh and they fail to move. If you get a blood clot in the deep veins of your thigh after surgery and it is not dissipated through movement, the blood clot can break up in small pieces, called emboli, and travel through your body. If one of the small emboli gets lodged in your lung, the result can be serious lung damage and even death.

Medical Negligence Resulting in Pulmonary Embolism

Both before and after surgery, doctors and nurses should carefully question and monitor patients. Blood clotting frequently occurs when patients are not properly monitored after surgery. Another problem by medical health professionals is a failure to take note of risk factors for blood clots. Certain health conditions and life activities, like smoking, can increase the risk of blood clots in a patient. These patients should be monitored closely.

What Can You Do if You or a Loved One Has Been Injured?

If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of medical negligence, take action to protect your rights by contacting a medical malpractice attorney. Act as quickly as possible to contact an attorney, because the doctor or hospital that was negligent may already be talking with an attorney and taking steps to mitigate their exposure to a successful malpractice claim.

Contact the Experienced Malpractice Attorneys at Sokol & Foster

If you need to speak with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, contact Sokol & Foster in Portland, Oregon. We offer a free consultation and represent clients throughout Oregon and Washington. To contact our firm, call 503-575-9683, or contact us by e-mail.