Failure to Diagnose a Blood Clot Could Be New York Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Mistakes

New York Medical Malpractice for Failing to Diagnose a Blood Clot

A blood clot is a very serious condition.  That is because it can be potentially deadly.  Blood clots usually start in the legs in a condition called deep vein thrombosis.  If the blood clot moves from there, it is likely to go into the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.  This is why a blood clot must be aggressively detected and treated.  If a blood clot is not properly treated and timely treated, it could easily result in a patient’s wrongful death.  This is why it may be New York medical malpractice when there is a failure to diagnose a blood clot.

A blood clot in the legs have some very obvious symptoms which should be treated and evaluated quickly.  Some of the common symptoms of a blood clot include the following:

  • Unilateral leg swelling;
  • Warm to the touch skin;
  • Unexplained leg pain;
  • Redness;
  • Swelling; and
  • Other similar conditions.

A doctor who suspects that there is a blood clots needs to perform a doppler test.  This test is used to ascertain whether there is a blockage.  If there is a blockage, visualizing the blood clot there a sonogram is also used.  Most times medication can be used to treat the blood clot by “busting” the clot.  Other times high risk clots of dangerous clots need to be surgically removed.  In either situation, the sooner that it is treated, the better the patient result.

The failure to diagnose a blood clot is dangerous and likely to result in serious personal injuries to a patient.  But it is usually easy to detect and treat.  

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