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DVT Claims

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a clot develops in a blood vessel, usually in the leg. If it is not diagnosed or treated properly, it can block the circulation to parts of the leg or elsewhere, causing major problems to the limb.

Sometimes, part of the blood clot breaks off and travels through the body.  There is a risk that it may lodge in a lung, where it can cause pulmonary embolism (PE) which is often fatal.

DVT can be caused by any long period of immobility, including after surgery.

At Lees Solicitors, we have acted successfully for a number of clients in such cases and have expertise in this area of clinical negligence.

  1. Many cases of DVT can be avoided if the appropriate precautions are taken, such as encouraging mobilising, providing pressure stockings and/or blood-thinning drugs.
  2. It is important to monitor high-risk patients such as those who are likely to be immobile for some time or have risk factors such as obesity, dehydration or pre-existing damage to their veins.
  3. When investigating DVT claims, it is important that the lawyer knows the correct questions to ask, to highlight whether such risk factors were ignored or overlooked.

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Do you think it is a good case?

It is hard to assess the merits of a case fully before we have seen the relevant medical records and, if necessary, seen the reports from independent experts.  Our usual procedure is to consider the facts given to us by the client and then decide whether we are able to take the enquiry any further.  We would then review it again once the medical records and any other documents or reports are to hand, and indeed, will keep the merits of the case under review throughout the case.

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Investigation of a case usually takes between 18m-2yrs, although more complex cases can take longer. Much depends on how quickly the hospitals etc provide the medical records and then on what the waiting list of the experts are like, and whether you need to be seen by more than 1 expert.

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I was kept constantly up to date as soon as information from the Defendant was received,  (rather than have to 'chase' and constantly ring up for news).Fiona Kempand her team treated me as a person and not just another client and it was always with courtesy, respect and friendliness. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lees.

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