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More about deep vein thrombosis (DVT) claims
Blood flow is normally helped by the action of the muscle squeezing the veins and boosting the flow rate. Arteries and veins clogged with fatty deposits due to smoking or poor diet increase the risk of DVT but other causes can include medical conditions that cause the blood to clot more easily.
Damage to the lining of the vein (caused by vasculitis or the use of certain drugs) can also increase the risk of DVT. It is estimated that the number of deaths resulting from a hospital-acquired DVT is more than the combined total of those who die from breast cancer and AIDS and 25 times the number who die from MRSA.
Death and injury from DVT is preventable and all patients admitted to hospital should be assessed for their risk of developing blood clots. Especially prior to a major operation, you should be checked and offered preventative treatment such as blood-thinning medication or compression stockings if required.
Simple tests can spot deep vein thrombosis symptoms. These include ultrasound scans and the D-dimer test, which detects broken down fragments of a blood clot. Negligence cases usually centre on the failure to diagnose DVT due to symptoms being misinterpreted or tests not being carried out.
Delays in diagnosis can also lead to serious illness and increased pain and suffering for the patient. If you have suffered as a result of late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of DVT, you may be entitled to compensation.