A blood clot or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition. It can pose a major threat to your health. In this article, we will look to explore the reasons why some people may be eligible to make a claim for a blood clot caused by the actions of a third party who has a responsibility towards your health.
There are some people who are more at risk of DVT than others. For instance, those who have a family history of DVT or those who have had surgery. Some temporary situations may increase your risk of DVT or a blood clot. This can include being pregnant, being confined to your bed or on a long journey.
This page is a guide to the eligibility criteria for assessing whether your DVT could qualify for compensation in a personal injury claim.
We will explain the process of making a claim, and how a breach of duty of care in different situations could result in DVT or a blood clot.
Once you have read through this article, may still have questions about the claims process or want to start your own claim. If so, our expert team of advisors are on hand to help. You can get in touch by filling out our contact form, through the live chat on this screen or by calling 0161 696 9685.
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- A Guide On Deep Vein Thrombosis And Blood Clot Compensation Claims
- Calculating DVT And Blood Clot Compensation Settlements
- Types Of Damages Awarded For Blood Clots And DVTs
- What Is A Blood Clot Or Deep Vein Thrombosis?
- What Are The Different Types Of Blood Clots?
- Diagnosing And Treating Blood Clots And Deep Vein thrombosis
- What Should You Do If You Suspect You Have A Blood Clot?
- Blood Clot And DVT Medical Negligence
- DVT Claims Against An Airline
- Blood Clots Caused By Road Traffic Accidents
- Data And Statistics On Blood Clots And DVTs
- How Do I Claim Blood Clot Compensation?
- No Win No Fee Deep Vein Thrombosis And Blood Clot Compensation Claims
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In this guide, we will look at the process of claiming compensation if you’ve suffered DVT or a blood clot due to the actions of those who have a responsibility to your health and well being. To begin, we will look at how compensation for DVT is calculated. We will also examine the amounts that such a condition may be awarded. We will go on to talk about the two different types of damages that could be included in a DVT or blood clot claim.
You may be wondering what a blood clot or DVT is. If so, this guide will go on to explain what a condition of this nature is. We will go on to look at how blood clots and DVT can be caused.
Many of us have heard the term “No Win No Fee” used before, but not everyone is familiar with what it means. Our section on No Win No Fee representation will outline the possible benefits that this kind of agreement can offer you when looking for a solicitor to handle your claim. Finally, we will conclude by providing you with some useful resources. We will also answer some commonly asked questions about injuries of this nature.
The value of the settlement you could be entitled to will depend on the extent and severity of the effects of the blood clot or DVT. Each case is different and will be assessed based on individual circumstances.
In order to work out how much compensation you could be entitled to, you will usually be invited to a medical assessment with an independent expert. This expert will collate their findings in a medical report.
This report will be used in conjunction with the Judicial College Guidelines JCG to help calculate the compensation you’re owed. Below, we have included a table illustrating some of the compensation amounts available for blood clot-related conditions that are contained in the JCG.
|Loss of one lung and heart damage||£94,470 to £140,870|
|Lung disease (c)||£51,420 to £65,710|
|Lung disease (d)||£29,380 to £51,460|
|Impotence in men||£40,370 to £73,580|
|Amputation of the leg above the knee||£98,380 to £129,010|
|Amputation of the leg below the knee||£91,950 to £124,800|
If you make a successful claim for compensation following a blood clot or case of DVT that was caused by failure to protect your safety, you will receive compensation for the injuries you have sustained. This is known as general damages. However, this is not the only type of damages that can be included in your claim.
You can also claim special damages as part of a compensation claim. Special damages seek to compensate you for any financial impact or loss that you have experienced as a direct result of your injuries.
For instance, an illness could cause you to have to take time off work while you recover. You may be unable to return to work in the future at all because your injuries prevent you from doing so. If so, your loss of earnings could be included in your claim. In addition, you could be compensated for any medication or treatment you’ve needed that isn’t covered by the NHS.
If you want to include these losses as part of your compensation claim, you need to provide evidence. You should keep records in the form of things like bank statements, invoices, receipts, contracts, and so on. Without evidence, special damages will be unable to be included in your claim.
DVT occurs deep within a vein often in the arms, legs, pelvic region and thigh area. The clot is a ball of blood that can block the stream of blood. It is a serious medical condition that can pose a threat to your life. If the DVT is not treated parts of it can break off and travel to the lungs. If this happens it can restrict the function of the lung. It can cause a blockage known as a pulmonary embolism PE.
It is a particular risk to people who have chronic medical illnesses such as heart diseases, people who are overweight, people who are inactive or sedentary and people with Crohn’s Disease or those who have had major surgery. You may also be temporarily at a higher risk if you’re pregnant, recovering in the hospital or travelling on a long journey by train, car or plane.
A blood clot can be life-threatening and needs to be treated quickly. By blocking veins and arteries it can prevent the flow of blood to parts of the body. A DVT does not cause a heart attack or a stroke this is a different type of blood clot that blocks the arteries.
There are certain types of blood clots with their own classifications. Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot that occurs in the vein. There are other blood clots that can occur in the arteries.
An embolism is not a blood clot but an artery blocked by a blood clot or air bubble.
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the pulmonary artery between the heart and the lungs. All forms of blood clots and embolisms pose an immediate risk to the health and life of the patient. Blood clots and DVT require immediate medical treatment.
To have your case for blood clot negligence assessed along with the evidence you have collected call our advisors today. Get in touch with our team today to find out more.
About half of people with a DVT have no symptoms. There are a number of symptoms that could be indicators that you are suffering from a blood clot. These can include:
- Throbbing pain or cramps in the area of the clot
- Swelling in the area of the clot
- Redness of the skin in the affected area
- Warmth in the affected area
Symptoms of a PE without DVT symptoms include;
- Breathing difficulty
- Heartbeat feels strange – faster than normal
- Blood when you cough
- Fainting – lightheadedness.
If you experience any of these symptoms you should call 999 or visit A&E. If you have chest pains or shortness of breath in conjunction with any of the symptoms listed above this may indicate a blood clot.
Diagnosis of DVT
To confirm whether you are suffering from DVT, an ultrasound scan will be carried out to look for signs that the flow of blood in the affected area has been blocked. You may also undergo a venogram, which is a kind of x-ray that scans the blood vessels. To do this, you will be injected with a dye to monitor the flow of blood.
How a blood clot is treated depends on what part of the body is affected and how severe the clot is. In some cases, an anticoagulant medication will be prescribed to prevent or break up clots in the blood. This can include medicines like low dosage aspirin, heparin, or warfarin.
There is also a surgical procedure known as an embolectomy. Here, the affected vein or artery is opened up so that the clot can be manually removed. This could be done if it is found that anticoagulant medicines aren’t suitable. In clots affecting the larger veins in the body, very small filters can be implanted to catch clots to prevent them from travelling to the lungs and heart.
If you suspect that you have a blood clot, you should immediately get medical help. You can call 111, the NHS none emergency number if you would like further information. It is urgent that you seek medical attention, as blood clots can be life-threatening and require medical treatment as soon as possible.
Doctors have a duty of care over their patients. This means that they need to take all reasonable steps to ensure that their knowledge, skills and performance adhere to the standards expected of their profession. If a doctor makes an avoidable mistake when administering care you could become injured or ill as a result.
In a claim for DVT, the Bolam test may be used to determine whether your doctor acted negligently or not. Here, a panel of the doctor’s peers will be asked if the doctor acted within professional standards. If the answer is yes, the doctor will not have acted negligently.
One way in which your condition may be worsened as a result of medical negligence is if your doctor fails to diagnose your condition because they ignored clear symptoms of a DVT. This could cause your condition to become worse when it would have otherwise been treated.
Blood clots and DVT can be caused by spending prolonged periods sitting or lying down without much physical activity. If you’re at high risk of developing DVT and you aren’t given any preventative treatment like medicine or compression stockings, this could be an example of medical negligence. Medical negligence claims can be made against an NHS trust or a private healthcare provider.
DVT can happen if you sit still during a plane, train or car journey of three hours or longer. There are some things you can do to reduce your risk of developing DVT, such as wearing comfortable clothing and walking around when you can. Calf exercises could also help.
It may be recommended by your doctor that you wear compression stockings or flight socks. These apply gentle pressure to your leg which can help with blood flow. However, you should check with a medical professional to see if this option is right for you.
Blood clots or DVT could potentially develop as a result of injuries sustained in accidents; accidents at work, while out in public or on the road. If you have suffered from DVT following a road traffic accident that was not your fault, then you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the third party who was responsible for the accident.
When you’re in a road traffic accident, you may suffer from some injuries. These injuries may cause you to suffer from internal or external bleeding, and your blood will begin to clot. If one of these clots were to become detached and block your heart or lungs this could be a life-threatening condition.
All road users have a duty of care to one another to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of others. If a road user fails to adhere to the standards of care and attention of the average motorist, they have failed in this duty of care.
If you’re injured as the result of someone neglecting their duty of care to you on the road, you could be entitled to claim. Get in touch with our team to find out more.
Thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms are among the leading causes of death in the UK and around the world. The British Lung Foundation states that in 2012 alone, 2,300 deaths were recorded as a result of pulmonary embolisms. Between 2008 and 2012, there was a 30% increase in the number of emergency admissions for pulmonary embolisms in the UK. The highest number was in Scotland. Here, over 114,000 women and 118,000 men were admitted to hospitals for pulmonary embolisms.
If you want to make a compensation claim for blood clots and the related illnesses and health conditions you have suffered from, get in touch with us. It doesn’t matter whether you are already confident that you want to start a claim, or if you are still uncertain and have questions you want answering. Our claims team offer free, friendly advice and no-obligation consultation on your claim.
Our advisors will be able to value your compensation claim and let you know how much you could be owed. You may have noticed that a number of websites offer personal injury compensation calculators which offer to value the amount you could receive. While these can be useful, they often fail to collect the range of information needed to value the claim.
For an accurate estimation of how much compensation you could be owed, get in touch with us. A member of our team will be happy to take your call.
We believe that having a solicitor work on your behalf could increase the chances of your claim’s success. However, you may be worried about the fees that are associated with legal representation. If so, a No Win No Fee agreement could be of use to you.
A No Win No Fee agreement sets out the conditions that your solicitor needs to meet before they ask for you to pay them. It means you won’t be asked to cover their costs while the claim is ongoing or before it starts. You also won’t be asked to pay your solicitor if your claim is unsuccessful.
The only time you will be asked to cover your solicitor’s costs is if they win your claim. In this case, a capped percentage will be deducted from your compensation award. The value of this percentage will be agreed upon before the claim starts.
If you’d like to know whether your claim could be taken on on a No Win No Fee basis, why not get in touch with our team today? An advisor will be happy to take the details of your claim and, if appropriate, pass you on to an expert lawyer from our panel.
If you would like to contact us to receive free advice about making a claim you can contact us by filling out our online form, by sending a message through our online chat feature, or by calling us on 0161 696 9685.
Can you claim for blood clots?
If your blood clots were caused by the actions or the negligence of a third party, then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against them. You need to show that a breach of duty of care resulted in you being injured.
Are blood clots considered an emergency?
Blood clots can be fatal. If you are experiencing the symptoms of a blood clot you should seek immediate medical care.
Could a blood clot be work-related?
Blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis can be caused by spending prolonged periods of time sitting or lying down. This could be potentially caused by spending a long time sitting at a desk at work.
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Guide by KT
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