A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that has traveled to the lungs. In most cases, individuals are unaware that they are at risk because they already have a blood clot in another part of the body. People who have undergone orthopedic surgery or have been sitting for many hours on a long airplane flight are especially vulnerable to developing blood clots in their legs that could ultimately lead to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
Experienced, Resourceful and Knowledgeable
At our Chicago law firm The Jasmer Law Firm, our principal lawyer assists clients whose pulmonary embolism was not diagnosed in a timely way and who developed additional medical conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure. We also handle wrongful death cases for clients whose loved ones died because of an undiagnosed pulmonary embolism. In both instances, our law firm employs well-regarded medical experts who determine how the physician or emergency room staff was negligent when failing to diagnose a pulmonary embolism. Our attorney has the courtroom skills to translate the specialized medical terminology used by experts into straightforward language that a jury can understand in a medical malpractice case.
Failing to Diagnose, Failure to Prevent
Medical providers can fail to diagnose a pulmonary embolism because they did not:
- Obtain a comprehensive health history and list of symptoms
- Order the correct diagnostic tests such as X-rays, lung scans, angiograms and ultrasounds, either to arrive at the correct diagnosis or to rule out other conditions such as heart attack
- Begin timely treatment with blood thinners
Doctors may also be vulnerable to legal action when they fail to prevent this pulmonary embolism. For example, it is well known that patients who undergo lengthy surgeries, especially knee or hip replacement surgery, are particularly vulnerable to developing blood clots in their legs. For this reason, the standard treatment is to keep blood flowing with compression, TED stockings and blood thinners. Failure to prescribe these preventive measures could result in a blood clot that travels to the lungs.
The Jasmer Law Firm offers free initial consultations, is available for evening and weekend appointments, and can come to your hospital or home if needed. We don't charge attorney fees unless we obtain monetary compensation for you after a failure to diagnose pulmonary embolism. Contact Chicago attorney David S. Jasmer, call 312-386-7011 or 866-920-6021.