Blood clots cause serious injuries to thousands of Americans every year. If a blood clot travels through the veins and lodges in the lungs, it’s called a pulmonary embolism. Doctors need to take great care when treating this condition. Delayed treatment, misdiagnoses, medication errors, and other forms of malpractice can cause severe, potentially life-threatening complications for pulmonary embolism patients.
The Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys at Strickland, Diviney & Segura have seen too many patients suffer agonizing injuries from embolism-related malpractice. We want anyone who’s suffered a malpractice injury to understand their rights and how we can help them recover compensation.
What Is a Pulmonary Embolism?
An embolism is a blood clot that forms in the body’s arteries or veins. Our blood carries oxygen throughout our bodies, and if a clot obstructs blood flow, the body’s internal organs can’t get the oxygen they need. Without oxygen, the body’s organs can’t function properly, leading to severe injuries or death.
A pulmonary embolism is a specific type of embolism in which a clot blocks the pulmonary artery, which carries blood from the heart to the lungs. When a clot blocks this artery, the lungs can’t function, potentially putting a patient’s life at risk. Because pulmonary embolisms are so deadly and happen suddenly, doctors need to make treatment decisions quickly.
Examples of Embolism-Related Malpractice
Malpractice when treating a pulmonary embolism can take many forms and occur at multiple points in a patient’s treatment. Some examples of embolism-related malpractice include:
- Making an incorrect or delayed diagnosis
- Misinterpreting test results
- Ordering incorrect treatments
- Failing to monitor a patient
- Neglecting a patient’s history
- Inadequate follow-up care
Our Roanoke Medical Malpractice Attorneys Are Here for You
Malpractice related to a pulmonary embolism can impact can be devastating, and the team at Strickland, Diviney & Segura is ready to get to work on your behalf. We can look at your or your loved one’s medical records to identify the liable parties, consult medical experts for opinions to support your claim, and litigate your case through trial, if necessary. Call us at (540) 982-7787 or visit our contact page for a consultation.