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In 2022, HSIB reported that patients’ safety was being put at risk by emergency department (A&E) errors causing delays in diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary embolism. 

If a patient suffers serious or fatal injury as a result of negligent failure to prevent, diagnose or treat pulmonary embolism, they or their bereaved family may be entitled to compensation.

What is DVT and pulmonary embolism?

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) is when a blood clot forms inside a 'deep vein' which commonly occurs in the leg muscles, such as the calf or thigh. Complications of DVT can lead to pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism or ‘PE’ is a life-threatening condition which requires urgent treatment to prevent significant harm or death. PE occurs when a blood clot or other type of embolus blocks an artery in the lung, reducing its blood flow and oxygen supply.

If PE is diagnosed and treated early, the patient should make a full recovery. Delay or failure to recognise or suspect that a patient has PE and provide urgent treatment can result in damage to their heart or lungs, or cause their death.

Starting your DVT and pulmonary embolism compensation claim

Failures or delay in diagnosis and treatment of DVT or PE can cause serious long-term injury or death. If you or a loved one have suffered a blood clot injury, and you are concerned with the speed of diagnosis and / or treatment, we may be able to help make a DVT or pulmonary embolism compensation claim.

To help support your DVT and pulmonary embolism compensation claim, we will obtain medical records, any investigation documentation and treatment protocols. We will then take a detailed witness statement from you and others as necessary and instruct independent medical experts to consider the care you received and the consequences for you of the failings in your care.

The defendant may accept responsibility for your injury as a result of negligent care, and we may be able to negotiate the appropriate compensation award at this point.

If settlement is not achieved, we will start court proceedings and take your case towards trial, keeping the defendant under pressure to agree settlement of your claim. Over 95% of cases succeed without the need for trial, but every case is prepared on the basis that a judge will need to decide all the issues in your claim that the defendant has not admitted.

Why choose Boyes Turner? 

Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation and are always treated with compassion, outstanding care and understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injury can have upon their lives.

  • We're nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers. We’re recognised as leading clinical negligence experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • We've won awards & accreditations for our work and are known for securing maximum compensation for clients.
  • We have an extensive & highly experienced medical negligence team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex claims involving catastrophic injury and severe disability.
  • We provide the highest standards of advice, only work with top medical experts or treatment providers in the UK and many charities to help support rehabilitation.

Pulmonary embolism & DVT claims frequently asked questions

What mistakes lead to pulmonary embolism (PE) medical negligence claims?

Pulmonary embolism (PE) claims may follow injury caused by negligent treatment by:

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What injuries can lead to pulmonary embolism (PE) medical negligence claims?

Medical negligence claims for compensation for injuries caused by mistakes in the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of pulmonary embolism often arise from the patient suffering:

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What compensation can I claim after pulmonary embolism (PE) medical negligence?

The level of compensation in any medical negligence claim depends on the circumstances of the case, such as the injury, its severity and the impact that any resulting disability will have on the injured person’s life. Other factors, such as the patient’s expected lifespan and their pre-existing circumstances and state of health will also affect the amount of compensation that they can claim. In cases where medical negligence has caused severe injury with long-term disability, claims often include compensation for:

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Previous Cases

Apology and settlement for the husband of a 70-year-old woman who died from an untreated pulmonary embolism. At the inquest into the woman’s death, the coroner found that hospital staff had failed to realise the significance of her abnormally high D-dimer test result (an indication of blood clot). The woman’s death would have been avoided if she had been treated correctly with anticoagulants. 

Compensation settlement for a client with a known heart condition who suffered a PE, breathlessness and psychological injury after delayed diagnosis and treatment of infective endocarditis. 

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