Blood Clot Injury Compensation Claim Guide – How To Claim Compensation For A Blood Clot

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Blood clot compensation claims guide.

By Fern Easton. Last Updated 1st March 2021. Welcome to our guide on how to claim compensation for a blood clot, where we’ll look at the process of making a blood clot claim. A blood clot can be a normal part of how our body heals an open wound and helps to prevent further blood loss. However, sometimes blood clots can form inside our veins and arteries, and if not treated correctly, they could result in a life-threatening situation.  Venous thrombosis is when a clot occurs in your veins, and an arterial clot refers to clots that build up in your arteries.

There are many different types of clots, among them, being Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary Embolism, etc. and they can also have different causes, such as being stationary for a long time following surgery, travelling or being in a job that makes you sit for more than four hours at a time, being overweight, smoking, etc. If you have had a blood clot that was misdiagnosed, missed entirely, or treated incorrectly due to negligence, and this resulted in further complications for you, you could have grounds to make a claim for blood clot compensation.

A blood clot claim can be made in different situations and could include making DVT negligence claims against a medical professional or health care body, a claim against a driver (their insurance) who caused an accident resulting in your blood clot, etc. Blood clots, in general, are not a valid reason for making a claim; it all depends on how they were caused and if they were treated negligently. Some of the pressing questions you may have could include;

  • Is there an average compensation award for pulmonary embolism negligence?
  • What helps a blood clot heal faster?
  • Can you get a blood clot from a car accident?
  • Can trauma cause blood clots?
  • Can I claim for blood clot medical malpractice?

We have put together this guide to try and answer some of the most common questions we get, as well as provide more information on making a no win no fee personal injury claim for the negligent treatment and cause of a blood clot. Our advisors are just a phone call away and are able to provide you with all the information you might need on making a claim, such as the personal injury claims time limit, what you might be able to claim for, and any other questions you may have. Contact us today on 0800 073 8801, or you can use our online contact form to arrange a convenient time for us to call you back.

Select A Section

  1. A Guide To Blood Clot Compensation Claims
  2. What Are Blood Clots, DVT And Embolisms?
  3. Types Of Blood Clots
  4. Blood Clot Diagnosis, Treatment And Complications
  5. Blood Clot And Thrombosis Statistics
  6. What To Do If You Think You Have A Blood Clot
  7. Claims Against Airlines For Deep Vein Thrombosis
  8. Claims Against Hospitals And Medical Practitioners For Blood Clots
  9. Claims For Blod Clots Caused By Road Traffic Accidents
  10. When Could I Claim Compensation For A Blood Clot?
  11. Blood Clot, DVT And Embolism Injury Claims Calculator
  12. Special Damages Which May Be Awarded
  13. No Win No Fee Claims For Blood Clot Compensation
  14. Let Accident Claims UK Handle Your Blood Clot Claim
  15. Talk To Us To Start Your Claim
  16. Essential Resources

A Guide To Blood Clot Compensation Claims

Blood clots can be life-threatening conditions that develop from many different circumstances, such as being stationary for long periods of time, like after surgery, on a long-haul flight, working in a sedentary job, or being overweight, etc. A blood clot becomes life-threatening when it is not treated soon enough or correctly, as it can cause heart attacks, stroke or even travel into your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. If you have suffered from a clot through the negligent actions of another person, then you may be able to claim compensation for a blood clot.

A blood clot claim could be made in cases where, through the negligence of a hospital, your clot was missed, not diagnosed correctly, or mistreated, which resulted in further suffering and complications. Some common claims are for venous thrombosis or DVT negligence claims, claims for clots caused after a car accident claims for surgical negligence where they failed to supply you with socks to prevent blood clots prior to surgery, or even a claim for a DVT that went unnoticed following a long haul flight.

The kind of compensation awarded for each case can depend on the severity of the blood clot and its complications. A blood clot compensation calculator might give you a good indication of possible compensation amounts, but no estimation table is a good substitute for the advice our team could give you. They could tell you figures that are relevant to your specific circumstances, as well as tell you if you have grounds to make a claim.

Our team could also explain the benefits of choosing to make a no win no fee personal injury claim for your suffering. They could talk you through the process of making a claim and explain how our personal injury solicitors might be the right choice for you if you choose to proceed with a claim.

What Are Blood Clots, DVT And Embolisms?

A blood clot is a mass of sticky, gelatinous blood, or blood that has reached a semi-solid state. They are usually a normal part of the processes of the body to help prevent blood loss and usually occur on open wounds or lacerations. Sometimes, however, blood clots can build up inside our veins and arteries, causing complications, and in some cases, becoming life-threatening.

Blood clots more commonly begin in the legs, such as in cases of venous thrombosis, or DTV, but they can dislodge from where they develop and travel to other parts of the body such as the lungs, which is called a pulmonary embolism, or the brain, also known as a stroke. They are more common in people over the age of 65, as well as in those who are overweight or obese. The main cause of them is due to being stationary for long periods of time, either through work, while travelling or while bedridden for extended periods after surgery.

Blood clots, DTV and embolisms can become life-threatening when they are not treated quickly or correctly and allowed to persist in the body, either cutting off blood supply to your limbs or travelling to your vital organs such as the lungs, heart, or brain. Medical negligence claims can occur for DVT, embolisms or blood clots if they go undiagnosed if the correct tests and examinations are not carried out, and they cause complications, causing the patient to suffer unnecessarily.

Types Of Blood Clots

Blood clots can develop anywhere in our circulatory system, which is made up of many veins and arteries that carry blood to every part of our body. There are clots that occur in veins that are known as venous thrombosis, and there are clots that occur in arteries that are known as arterial clots, and some can be more dangerous than others.

Blood Clots In Different Parts Of The Body:

  • Blood clots in the brain are also referred to as a stroke and happen when a clot blocks the blood supply to parts of the brain. It can cause pain and impair some of your bodily functions such as speech, movement, or sight.
  • A blood clot in the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism and can block the airflow through the lungs causing shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing up blood.
  • A blood clot in the heart is also known as a heart attack and can cause chest pain, make you feel like something heavy is resting on your chest, difficulty breathing, and light-headedness.
  • It is also possible to have a blood clot somewhere in your abdomen, and this can cause severe abdominal pain and swelling either in the area or around the abdomen in general.
  • Clots in the legs or arms are the most common, and they can present with symptoms of pain, swelling in the entire leg or arm; your skin may be hot to touch, and the arm or leg may be discoloured.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot develops in a deep vein within your body, more commonly occurring in the leg or abdomen and can commonly cause a pulmonary embolism if part or all of the clot travels to the lungs. According to the NHS, 1 in 10 people who have DTV will develop a pulmonary embolism if they are left untreated.

Blood Clot Diagnosis, Treatment And Complications

Diagnosis

A medical professional, through various tests and examination, can diagnose a blood clot. Your doctor will usually ask for a medical history to ascertain if you have any pre-existing conditions that make you more likely to develop a clot. The doctor will then examine you for symptoms of clots, such as swelling, pain, redness etc. and may then decide on the next course of action for your situation, such as recommending an ultrasound.

Treatment

Treating a blood clot can vary depending on its location and how likely it may be of hurting you. Common treatments include anticoagulant medication and thrombolytic, both of which help to prevent and dissolve blood clots. To remove larger clots, there is a surgical procedure called a thrombectomy that allows doctors to push a catheter through the affected vein or artery and directly apply medication to dissolve the clot or help to remove it entirely.

Short-Term And Long-Term Complications

Short-term complications associated with blood clots can include symptoms like swelling, pain, redness and heat coming from the area. Depending on the location of the clot, you may also experience breathlessness, headaches, pain in your chest or a cough if you develop a pulmonary embolism.

Long-term complications can be caused when a blood clot or thrombosis travels to vital organs in your body or cuts off the blood supply to a part of your body. The possible effects include a stroke, a heart attack, collapsed lungs, or amputation of affected limbs. Another possible long-term complication could be post-thrombotic syndrome that develops as a result of DVT, which according to the NHS, one in three people who have had DVT will develop this condition.

Blood Clot And Thrombosis Statistics

There are many statistics relating to blood clots in the UK. Thrombosis UK says that 1 in 4 people will die as a result of blood clot-related causes. They stated that 1 in 10 people who have a pulmonary embolism could die if it goes untreated and that one in every 1,000 people will develop a venous thrombosis each year. After Venous Thromboembolism risk assessment has been mandated in all English hospitals, post-discharge deaths relating to VTE have fallen by almost 21%, as the graph below shows.

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Source: https://thrombosisuk.org/thrombosis-statistics.php

Venous thrombosis poses a high risk to pregnant women, who are five times more likely to develop venous thrombosis than their non-pregnant peers of the same age. Around 30% of people with venous thrombosis develop further problems within the next decade, regardless of whether treatment has been sought.

What To Do If You Think You Have A Blood Clot

Please note that we make the following instructions as no replacement for any medical advice; this section is not to be considered medical instructions.

In certain situations, there are certain symptoms that may point to a medical emergency, at which point you may need to seek immediate medical advice. If you feel a sudden shortness of breath, chest pressure, or are having difficulty breathing, speaking or seeing, then it may be best to seek attention from a medical professional who could appropriately diagnose and treat your symptoms as soon as possible.

If you have suffered from a blood clot that was caused by the negligence of another person, and are considering making a claim for compensation for a blood clot, then we recommend that you seek advice from one of our solicitors, who are well equipped to help you through the process. They will be able to give you advice for your individual situation, such as keeping a log of your experience, which could be used in support of your case. They could help you with many types of blood clot claims, like DVT negligence claims, pulmonary embolism claims, etc.

Claims Against Airlines For Deep Vein Thrombosis

At the moment, there have not been any known successful cases in claims made against an airline for blood clot compensation. In this situation, it is more likely that you would make a blood clot claim against a practitioner who failed to diagnose a clot that had developed after a long flight. This would require you to have approached your doctor with symptoms of a blood clot, which they missed or misdiagnosed when they would have been expected to spot such symptoms, and you suffered avoidable injuries.

Every blood clot or DVT is different, and we recommend that if you have suffered from a blood clot or unnecessary consequences of a blood clot and are not sure who was at fault if anyone, then contact us, and we will be able to tell you if you have grounds to make a claim.

Claims Against Hospitals And Medical Practitioners For Blood Clots

Blood clots are more common following surgery and long periods of inactivity. For this reason, hospitals and medical professionals have a duty of care to correctly screen patients who are more at risk of developing blood clots and further complications as a result. If they fail to notice a clot, misdiagnose one when they would have been expected to spot one or neglected to take measures to prevent them, it may result in clinical negligence or medical malpractice. If you develop a blood clot because a hospital was negligent, for example, they didn’t provide you with compression socks prior to surgery, and you developed a clot in your leg, then you could have grounds to make a blood clot claim.

Blood clot compensation may also be awarded in many other cases, for example, if you attended your GP with symptoms of a blood clot, and they failed to diagnose it, or they treated it incorrectly, resulting in more serious complications like a pulmonary embolism. If you feel that your doctor or hospital that treated you were at fault for medical negligence and caused you further suffering, which could have been avoided, you could have grounds to make a blood clot or DVT claim. Contact us today to find out for sure.

Claims For Blood Clots Caused By Road Traffic Accidents

There are many different types of injuries that can be caused by a Road Traffic Accident (RTA); these include broken bones, internal injuries, lacerations, brain damage, blood clots, etc. It may be possible to make a claim for any suffering caused by an RTA if you can prove that it was caused by the negligent actions of another road user.

It is possible to claim blood clot compensation against a negligent driver who caused your injury. If your blood clot and its complications developed as a result of an RTA caused by a negligent driver, your blood clot claim would be taken out against the driver or their insurance. If the driver does not have insurance, your DTV claim could be taken through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). If you are not certain who might have been to blame, you could contact our team today for free legal advice on your individual situation.

When Could I Claim Compensation For A Blood Clot?

If you have developed a blood clot and it was caused by the negligent actions of someone else, you could have grounds to make a claim. Like most personal injury claims, there is a general time limit of three years attached to each case, but this could vary from case to case, depending on certain circumstances. We recommend you call us if you are unsure, and we could give you the relevant time limit unique to your case.

The negligent actions of another include a negligent driver on the road, causing an accident that resulted in you developing a blood clot. It includes a doctor who failed to act on a blood clot, failed to diagnose it, or failed to treat it correctly when they would have been reasonably expected to do so, which caused you unnecessary suffering. It also includes a hospital failing to take measures to prevent clots and also protect those who may be more vulnerable before and after surgery. Every claim is different, and we recommend that if you have any doubts or questions, to contact us for free, no-obligation legal advice on your individual situation.

Blood Clot, DVT And Embolism Injury Claims Calculator

Below we have included a personal injury claims calculator table to try and give you an idea of the types of figures awarded for a claim for an injury caused by an untreated or incorrectly treated blood clot. These figures are only indicative and can vary greatly according to severity and impact on health overall. There are many other types of injuries that can be caused by untreated blood clots, but the following may help to give you a rough idea.

InjuriesAmount
Removal of one lung, serious heart damage, resulting long term pain, scarring and suffering. £94,470 - £140,870
Severe damage to the heart and lungs, resulting in long term impairment, loss of function and reduced life expectancy. £61,710 - £94,470
Damage to the lungs and heart, that causes continued impairment or disability. £29,380 - £51,460
Amputation of both legs above the knee or of one amputated above the knee and the other below the knee. This bracket can increase where there has been further psychological issues and degenerative issues elsewhere in the hips and spine. £225,960 - £264,650
Amputation of both legs below the knee, this award can also vary depending on associated psychological issues, and evidence of further degenerative issues in the hips and spine. £189,110 - £253,480
Amputation of one leg above the knee, also affected by evidence of further psychological damage and degenerative issues with the hips and spine. £98,380 - £129,010
Amputation of one leg below the knee, also affected by evidence of further psychological damage and degenerative issues with the hips and spine.£91,950 - £124,800

For specific information on DVT compensation amounts and common blood clot claim compensation awards, contact our team today. We will be able to give you information that is specific to your individual situation.

Special Damages Which May Be Awarded

Claims can be made for different damages incurred as a result of your suffering. These can include:

General damages – for any pain and suffering caused by the blood clot and other complications.

Special Damages

  • Medical expenses that you accrued include prescriptions, treatment costs, physiotherapy, costs etc.
  • Claiming for care costs is also possible if you needed help to take care of yourself while you were recovering.
  • Loss of earnings could be claimed for.
  • You could also claim for travel costs accrued while you attended medical and legal appointments relating to your blood clot.

No Win No Fee Claims For Blood Clot Compensation

No win no fee personal injury claims are taken on by a personal injury solicitor under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A CFA states that if the case is not won, the claimant (you) does not have to pay for the personal legal fees of the solicitor. In the event that the case is won, the success fee of the solicitor is deducted from the compensation awarded at a capped rate of 25% of the overall amount. Contact our team today for more information on how our no win no fee solicitors handle such claims.

Let Accident Claims UK Handle Your Blood Clot Claim

At Accident Claims UK, a personal injury lawyer from our team could help you get compensation for DVT or a pulmonary embolism that wasn’t your fault. We will give you all the advice you need and answer any questions you may have, such as advice on blood clot and deep vein thrombosis settlements. We will put all of our efforts into your case to try and help you get compensated for your suffering.

Talk To Us To Start Your Claim

Our team of legal advisors are ready and waiting to answer all of your questions and give you all the information you might need if you are considering making a blood clot claim with us. Contact us today on 0800 073 8801 or use our online contact form to have us call you back.

Blood clot claim- FAQs

How long can a blood clot go undetected?

It’s estimated that up to 80% of people who suffer from deep vein thrombosis don’t have any obvious symptoms. Symptoms that do occur, like pain and tenderness in the leg, may be missed or dismissed. You should seek medical attention as soon as you think you may be suffering from DVT, as leaving it could cause it to develop into a pulmonary embolism.

You should visit A&E if you’re experiencing breathlessness and chest pains, as this could be a sign that deep vein thrombosis has developed into a pulmonary embolism, where a blood clot has travelled and is stuck in your lung.

How long do I have to claim against the NHS? 

If you want to make a claim for medical negligence against the NHS, then you can do this up to three years after the accident or injury you wish to claim for.

If you’re under the age of 18, and nobody claimed on your behalf before you turned 18, then you are able to claim on your own behalf once you’re an adult. You have until your 21st birthday to start making a claim.

Sometimes, the effects of an accident or case of medical negligence aren’t clear straight away. In these cases, the limitation period will run from the date of knowledge or the date that you became aware that your injuries were caused by the incident, rather than the date you sustained the injury or illness.

Essential Resources

Clinical and Medical Negligence Claims Guide – See our online guide to medical negligence claims.

Misdiagnosis Claims Guide – This is our online guide to making claims for misdiagnosis.

Medical Negligence Leading To Death – See our complete guide to claims concerning cases of medical negligence that resulted in the loss of a loved one.

Medical Reference Materials

Embolism – See this NHS article for more information on what an embolism is and what causes it.

Deep Vein Thrombosis – See this NHS page for more information on the symptoms and treatment of DVT.

Blood Clots – Raising awareness Of The Silent Killer – See this article on raising awareness from the NHS St. Mary’s Treatment Centre.

Article by JF

Edited by MM.

Thank you for reading our guide on how to claim compensation for a blood clot. We hope that you now feel confident in pursuing a blood clot claim.