Pulmonary Embolism Claims

More about pulmonary embolisms claims


More about pulmonary embolisms claims

Pulmonary embolisms are closely associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and medical professionals should remain aware of the risk posed to patients with DVT. Other factors that can increase the chance of a pulmonary embolism include age, smoking, obesity, pregnancy and general inactivity.

Medical conditions such as cancer, having had a previous clot, genetic conditions and having an operation on the lower half of the body (such as a C-Section) can also make a patient more susceptible to a pulmonary embolism.

Knowledge of these risk factors should allow doctors to make a quick and accurate diagnosis, which can be confirmed by a series of simple tests. All patients who are admitted to hospital should be assessed for blood-clot risk. If they are found to be in one of these ‘at-risk’ categories, preventative treatment such as anticoagulant medication should be immediately prescribed.

Even if a pulmonary embolism is diagnosed, regular anticoagulant treatment using drugs like heparin may be prescribed for several months. Your GP or anti-coagulation clinic should conduct regular blood tests to check that the dose of medication is correct. If it’s too high, you may experience uncontrollable bleeding, but if it is too low, further blood clots may occur. If a GP or clinic fails to carry out these checks and you suffer complications as a result, a claim may be justified.

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