DVT May Result in Death If Left Untreated

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Complications from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) affect approximately one hundred thousand people each year. According to the Mayo Clinic, DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in the vein.  Most commonly, this occurs in the lower extremities of the body, such as the legs. DVT can be easily prevented and when diagnosed in a timely manner, it may have less severe consequences.  However, if left untreated, DVT may have serious effects on a patient, which include death.  

Commonly, DVT happens in patients that have certain medical conditions, take certain medications, or are sedentary for long periods of time. In extreme cases of DVT, the blood clot will break away and become lodged in a person’s lung, causing a pulmonary embolism.  Symptoms of DVT include:

  • Swelling;
  • Redness or discoloration;
  • Pain;
  • Cramping;
  • Soreness; and
  • Warm to the touch. 


If a blood clot has broken lose (pulmonary embolism), a person may experience symptoms that include:

  • Shortness of breath;
  • Chest pain;
  • Dizziness;
  • Fainting;
  • Rapid heartbeat; and
  • Coughing up blood.


In New York State, a clinician may be held responsible for medical negligence if he or she fails to provide a patient with the generally accepted standard of care and as a result his or her condition worsens. A plaintiff must show: 

  • The clinician owed the patient of duty of care; 
  • That clinician violated this duty of care; and 
  • That violation caused the patient to suffer injuries. 


A patient may be able to recover damages for the following: 

  • Medical expenses;
  • Rehabilitation;
  • Pain and suffering; and 
  • Lost wages, among others. 


If you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a result of a physician’s failure to adequately diagnose or treat DVT, contact an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer. New York State has a two and half year statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims, which means that time is of the essence to file a claim. 

The Brooklyn medical malpractice lawyers at Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC are experienced in representing clients who have been seriously injured and the surviving family members of those who have been fatally injured as a result of a medical professional’s negligence. The firm’s accomplished medical malpractice lawyers strive to secure full and appropriate compensation for their clients’ injuries. With two law offices conveniently located in New York City, our New York medical malpractice lawyers are available to represent clients in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Queens. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Brooklyn medical malpractice lawyers at (718) 238-2400 or fill out our contact form