What is A Pulmonary Embolism?

Like the name suggest, Pulmonary Embolism is related to the pulmonary artery. The pulmonary artery is located under the aorta. Its function is to carry blood from the heart and lungs. When Pulmonary Embolism occurs this artery becomes blocked or clogged slowing or stopping the flow of blood from the heart and lungs.

Where in some cases the blockage can be fatal, in most cases if the symptoms are recognized, pulmonary embolism can be treated. However, if left untreated Pulmonary Embolism will tend to develop into a more critical state sometimes involving extensive and expensive treatments. In left unidentified for a prolonged period of time, Pulmonary Embolism can be fatal.

Who Is At Risk of Developing Pulmonary Embolism?

Pulmonary Embolisms are more apt to develop in patients which have DVT (deep vein thrombosis). DVT if diagnosed may prevent the development of Pulmonary Embolisms. Where it has occurred randomly, there are certain factors which heighten a person’s risk for DVT and consequently Pulmonary Embolisms. These can be broken down into three groups:

Can Pulmonary Embolism be Caused by Traumas?

If you have been a victim of bone or muscle damage then you are at risk of having DVT, especially if there were complications in the healing of a broken bone or if there was extensive muscle damage. As Pulmonary Embolism is a major blood clot of a major artery, if there were issues with blood clotting or if there were issues with the flow of blood to the muscles after a trauma, then you are at risk of having DVT.

Can Medication Can Pulmonary Embolisms?

Generic predispositions to blood clots, contraceptive pills, and hormone replacement therapy has been known to increase the risk of developing Pulmonary Embolism. Also, those which need to take medication to thin the blood are at risk of developing clots in their blood stream. Knowing the risk factors for any medication is essential to reducing your risk of developing any of the symptoms for DVT. Consulting a physician and your doctor is advised prior to stopping any medical treatment.

Will Lifestyle Conditions Lead to Pulmonary Embolisms?

Apart from medications and trauma, your lifestyle plays a critical role in the development or the combating of illnesses and certain medical conditions. Those individuals which are obese, smoke, are pregnant, have a history of heart and circulatory illnesses, or experience prolonged periods of inactivity are more susceptible to develop Pulmonary Embolism than those without these factors.

How Can I Determine If I Have a Pulmonary Embolism?

Pulmonary Embolism is usually identified by a medical practitioner or doctor. However, there are symptoms which can help you to identify if you need to be checked for DVT and/or Pulmonary Embolism.

As Pulmonary Embolism is a blockage of blood being taken from the heart and lungs, one symptom would be chest pains. This would be a sharp stabbing pain in the chest which would increase in its intensity when you breathe in. The pain is very intense and may even appear to be a heart attack. Please note that if you are experiencing such pains you should call an ambulance immediately.

If you have trouble breathing, cough regularly (either dry coughs or coughs with mucus and blood). Then you may have DVT or Pulmonary Embolism.
Feeling faint or dizziness is a symptom of bad circulation and can be attributed to certain cases of pulmonary embolism.

As with any medical treatment, you are advised to seek the professional advice of a doctor or practitioner to receive diagnosis.

Should I File a Compensation Claim for a Pulmonary Embolism?

Pulmonary Embolism cases are dependent upon negligence and/or malpractice. This means that it needs to be proven that a medical professional should have identified the symptoms and diagnosed the problem previously. If a professional has failed to identify an at-risk person (being that the person has DVT or multiple symptoms which a normal practitioner would notice as being common to Pulmonary Embolism) and fails to conduct tests or diagnosis of the later developed Pulmonary Embolism, then you have a case for negligence/ malpractice.

A claim can also be filed if a patient has been diagnosed as not having Pulmonary Embolism and the patient later finds out that he or she does have Pulmonary Embolism. Similarly, if a patient has been diagnosed with DVT and has not received proper treatment and the DVT has developed further into Pulmonary Embolism then there is a basis for a case.

If someone in your immediate family has died from Pulmonary Embolism due to a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose the issue when common symptoms were present, then you have a basis to file a claim of negligence and/or malpractice.

What Do I Need to Consider When Making Pulmonary Embolism Compensation Claims?

With any case involving medical malpractice and negligence, the quicker you file your case the better your chances are for winning your case. Waiting too long to file your case will surely get you an argument of “why did you not present this to the courts sooner?”.

Do not stop treatment of your pulmonary embolism while in the process of filing your claim. Your health should be your top priority. Do not attempt to make your condition worse to better the odds of your claim. As stated, Pulmonary Embolism can be fatal if it develops to a critical state.

How Can Tylers Solicitors’ No-Win, No-Fee Legal Experts Help?

If you believe that you have been a victim of negligence and or malpractice concerning your Pulmonary Embolism, please contact us. We would like to work with you to get you the compensation that you deserve.

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