A failure to timely diagnose a blood clot led to the amputation of a Connecticut woman’s leg. That was the finding of a jury in Trumbull, CT according to a report by CBS New York. At the time of the malpractice, the plaintiff was 18 years old. She apparently went to the hospital with complaints of leg pain and was diagnosed as having an arterial blood clot. The defendant, an on-call vascular surgeon, apparently did not recognize the necessity for immediate care. As a result of the delay, this young girl was forced to have her leg amputated. A settlement offer of $1 million was rejected prior to the verdict.
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot condition, usually in the lower legs. Left untreated, the blood clots can separate from vein walls and travel through the heart, resulting in a pulmonary embolism and a life-threatening medical condition. Treating deep vein thrombosis with blood thinners can prevent the condition from becoming life-threatening. But misdiagnosis by a doctor or medical professional can result in a serious, debilitating medical condition and even death.
The New York medical malpractice lawyers at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P., are experienced in representing embolism injuries and the misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis. Our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. If we accept your case, there is no fee unless we recover damages for you. For a free consultation with our New York personal injury attorneys, please call 212-406-1700 or contact us online.