Deep Vain Thrombosis

What is DVT?

DVT is a blood clot that develops within a vein, usually in a deep vein running in the muscles of the calf or thigh. It can cause pain and swelling and can be dangerous as it can lead to a pulmonary embolism where a piece of the clot detaches and blocks blood vessels in the lungs. This happens in 1 in 10 cases of DVT if left untreated.


Treatment for DVT usually involves anti-coagulant medication such as heparin and warfarin.


Whatever treatment you are having, if a hospital admission is involved, your doctors should always assess the risk of DVT. This is especially the case in the event of lower limb amputation. It is essential that the doctors treating you recognise the risk and make plans to for prevention, diagnosis and early treatment of DVT.

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Our team of specialist amputation lawyers are here to help if you or your loved ones have been affected by complications such as DVT after amputation.

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body, often in the legs. In some cases, DVT can lead to a serious condition called pulmonary embolism, in which a blood clot travels to the lungs and blocks blood flow.

While DVT itself does not usually require amputation, in rare cases, severe cases of DVT that lead to tissue death (gangrene) or a significant loss of blood flow to the affected limb can result in the need for amputation.

However, it’s important to note that amputation due to DVT is a rare occurrence and most cases of DVT can be treated with medications and lifestyle changes. If you suspect you may have DVT or are at risk for it, it’s important to seek medical attention promptly to prevent complications.

A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) compensation claim can be made by anyone who has developed this condition as a result of medical negligence. This includes:

  1. Patients who have developed DVT as a result of a surgical procedure, particularly if the hospital or medical staff failed to take adequate precautions to prevent the development of blood clots.

  2. Individuals who have developed DVT after being prescribed medication that has been known to increase the risk of blood clots, such as estrogen-containing birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.

  3. Patients who have developed DVT as a result of a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of their condition, which may have prevented them from receiving timely treatment.

We can help you determine whether you have a viable claim and guide you through the legal process.

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