What Is A Pulmonary Embolism?

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery to the lungs brought about by a blood clot. A pulmonary embolism may be caused by blood clots in the veins, especially veins in the legs, hips and pelvis.

If you or a family member suffered an injury as a result of a blood clot or pulmonary embolism after receiving medical care in Ohio, an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates can help.

Blood Clot Malpractice And Pulmonary Embolism Negligence May Lead To Death

Complications from a pulmonary embolism or blood clot are caused by the resulting lack of oxygen in the blood. The most common cause of a pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the veins of the legs. This condition may clear up on its own, or it may cause severe illness or even death.

Prolonged bed rest or inactivity (including long trips in planes, cars or trains) may precipitate the development of blood clots. People who have suffered leg injuries or undergone surgery are at increased risk.

Risk Analysis: The Standard Of Care Before Surgery

For this reason, part of the preparation for surgery should be a careful evaluation of high-risk factors, including a history of smoking or oral contraceptive use. Surgeons typically seek to determine before surgery whether patients are at a significant risk of pulmonary embolism or blood clots — and if so, to take appropriate preventive measures. When they do not properly advise patients of the risks they face, they may be falling short of the required standard of medical care.

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