Pulmonary embolisms are some of the most dangerous medical conditions people can face, and the danger significantly increases as they grow older. They often occur when a blood clot, most commonly from the veins in their legs, breaks off, travels up to and blocks one of the lungs’ arteries. Of the 600,000 or so people affected by pulmonary embolisms every year, over 60,000 die from this condition – those that survive may face other serious complications like organ damage, pulmonary infarction, and dangerously low oxygen levels in their bloodstream.
Our New York City medical malpractice attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. understand the severity and possible complications associated with this condition, and have spent decades providing injured victims with the knowledgeable and experienced legal assistance they require. Because the vast majority of people die when their pulmonary embolism isn’t diagnosed or treated soon enough – about one third of people whose pulmonary embolism goes undiagnosed or untreated die – people who suffer from serious complications may be able to file a lawsuit in order to secure the compensation needed to cover their medical bills or any other damages they may have incurred. Contact our firm today to speak with one of our attorneys and discuss a plan of action that best suits your needs.
The most common cause of a pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot travels from the deep veins in the patient’s leg up to an artery in their lung, causing a blockage. In many cases, multiple blood clots can make their way up over time and slowly cut off the blood flow. If the blockages are allowed to build up, sections of the lung that rely on that blood flow may die – a condition known as a pulmonary infarction. When these sections die, the remaining living portions of the lungs are put under increased strain to provide the oxygen your body requires to function, which can in turn damage organs throughout the body if they don’t receive the oxygen they need.
These blood clots are most often caused by a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). However, blood clots aren’t the only cause of these blockages. Other sources include:
The symptoms associated with a pulmonary embolism may vary depending on your family or personal history with heart disease, how much of your lung is affected and the size of the blockage. While the severity of these symptoms can be different in each case, the most common include:
In some cases, other symptoms may include:
The risk of developing this condition significantly increases as you get older – once you turn 60, the chance doubles after every 10 years. In addition to age, there are many more potential risk factors that can significantly increase the chances of developing a pulmonary embolism, including:
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With proper monitoring and care, your doctor should be able to prevent or treat a pulmonary embolism before it causes serious damage. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you or someone you love suffered a severe complication or died from a pulmonary embolism, contact our New York City medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. We have spent our careers fighting to secure the compensation our clients need to cover their medical bills and any other damages they may have incurred, and our efforts have led to our recovery of over $350 million in verdicts and settlements since we first opened our doors. Call us at (212) 577-9325 to speak with a member of our firm, or fill out our online form to request a free case evaluation today.
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