Pulmonary Embolism and Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Help

Pulmonary EmbolisumThe Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg is currently assisting individuals who have experienced a pulmonary embolism that may be related to medical malpractice. We are ready to help you. If you or a loved one has suffered a pulmonary embolism and you have a question regarding your legal rights, please select Free Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Evaluation, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274. We promise to bring our more than 25 years of experience litigating personal injury cases to bear on you behalf.

Birth Control Pills Containing Drospirenone May Increase Risk of Blood Clots

In a safety communication dated May 31, 2011, the FDA alerted the medical community and patients of findings from two recent studies which examined whether the risk of DVT and PE was increased in women taking birth control pills containing the progestin hormone, drospirenone, as compared to women taking birth control pills containing a different progestin called levonorgestrel. Both studies reported a greater risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) associated with birth control pills containing drospirenone. The risk of VTE was reported to be up to 2 to 3 times greater than the risk of VTE associated with using levongestrel-containing birth control pills. Birth control pills containing drospirenone include: Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Safyral, Syeda, Yasmin, Yaz, and Zarah.

Pulmonary Embolism (PE) and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute defines a pulmonary embolism (PE) as a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The blockage is actually a blood clot or blood clots that have traveled to the lungs from another part of the body. These traveling blood clots commonly form in the deep veins of the legs, and are called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A pulmonary embolism can be disabling or fatal.

Medical professionals may also use the term venous thromboembolism (VTE) to refer to both a patient’s DVT and resulting PE.

PE and DVT are Preventable and Treatable

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism. Based on the Surgeon General’s May 2006 workshop on DVT and PE, the Call to Action concluded that proven medical practices that can assess patient risk; and prevent, diagnose, and treat DVT and PE in the at risk patient are available to the medical community. Sadly, the Surgeon General’s Call also concluded that patients who could benefit from these proven medical practices are not receiving them because too many health care providers are not aware of the practices, nor are these practices applied to patient care in a consistent and routine manner.

PE/DVT is considered the leading preventable cause of death in hospitalized patients in the United States.

The scope of this preventable tragedy becomes clear when one considers the Surgeon General’s estimate that approximately 350,000 to 600,000 patients suffer DVT and PE each year in the United States, with minimum of 100,000 related DVT and PE deaths annually.

Medical Malpractice - Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider deviates from the accepted standards of care in the medical community, causing injury or death to a patient. Pulmonary embolism resulting in patient injury or death may be the result of medical malpractice if the physician has deviated from the standards of care by failing to assess a patient’s risk for a DVT/PE event, provide preventive or prophylactic DVT/PE measures, or diagnose and treat DVT/PE. In addition, the physician must advise the patient of the benefits and risks of certain procedures, e.g., surgery, central venous catheterization, etc., and obtain the patient’s Informed Consent to proceed.

Pulmonary Embolism Risk Factors

At the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg, we believe that the best way to stay healthy and safe is to stay informed. Following, is a list of medical conditions that may put you or a loved one at risk for developing DVT/PE.

• Current or previous diagnosis of DVT blood clots, or previous pulmonary embolism
• Hospitalization
• Recent surgery
• Recent period of immobilization, e.g., bed rest
• Prolonged air plane or car travel
• Recent broken bone
• Cancer
• Heart Disease
• Pregnancy, or recent birth
• Increased Age
• Hormonal birth control or hormonal therapy in women
• Previous stroke or heart attack
• Trauma or injury
• Recent spinal cord injury
• Family history of blood clots
• Obesity
• Smoking
• Inherited or genetic blood clotting condition which increase clotting, e.g., Factor V Leiden
• Persons with a central venous catheter
• Varicose veins
• Current or recent infection
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) including Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

Some pulmonary embolism victims may experience PE symptoms while others may experience no symptoms at all. In addition, some PE victims experience DVT symptoms only. Because a PE is a medical emergency, it is important to seek medical attention if you experience any PE symptoms.

Symptoms of pulmonary embolism may include:

• Chest pain
• Sudden shortness of breath or trouble breathing
• Cough or cough with blood
• Wheezing
• Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
• Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
• Bluish tint to skin
• Anxiety
• Sweating
• Increased or rapid breathing
• Increased heart rate
• Fever

Blood Clot or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Symptoms

Since a pulmonary embolism is a complication of a deep vein thrombosis or blood clot, it is important that patients and their families recognize the symptoms of a DVT. DVT is a medical emergency, and it is critical to seek medical attention if you experience any DVT symptoms.

DVT symptoms may include:

• Swelling of the leg or along the vein of the leg
• Leg pain and tenderness. Skin in affected area may appear red or discolored and be warm to the touch.

Obtain A Pulmonary Embolism Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Case Evaluation

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg represents medical malpractice victims, including those who have suffered the consequences of a pulmonary embolism. For a free legal case evaluation, please select Medical Malpractice/Pulmonary Embolism Lawyer, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.