Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that can be treated relatively easily when caught early but, when left undiagnosed, can prove fatal. Depending on the circumstances, a failure to diagnose deep vein thrombosis may be considered medical malpractice.
The attorneys at Furr & Henshaw have more than 40 years of experience representing clients who have lost loved ones or suffered serious medical emergencies due to delayed diagnosis. From our office in Myrtle Beach , we serve throughout South Carolina.
A Misdiagnosis Has Serious Consequences
Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, typically in the leg. If left untreated, the clot can break free, travel to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, a serious medical emergency. Other possible consequences include heart attack and stroke.
Certain factors, such as a previous history of surgery or cancer, increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis. The condition can be identified based on several key symptoms, including the following:
- Shortness of breath after surgery or a long period spent sitting up
- Pain, swelling, reddening and warmness in the lower leg
- Phlegmasia alba dolens (white leg) and phlegmasia cerulea dolens (painful, blue and swollen legs)
The prompt diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis is extremely important, because if the blood clot breaks free, it can cause death in less than a minute.
Legal Support When You Need It Most
If you believe you may have a medical malpractice claim for failure to diagnose deep vein thrombosis, contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You can call us at 843-213-6737 (Myrtle Beach), or arrange an appointment online.
You will owe no fees unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for your claim.