Blood clots are fairly common. They can occur at any time due to several different factors and can vary significantly in their severity. The exact treatment of a blog clot depends on the location of the clot and your overall health. Some blog clots can have serious consequences. If not treated on time, they can result in kidney failure, pulmonary embolism or even death.
If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a blood clot that was not diagnosed and treated on time or was caused because of a medical practitioner’s negligence, then you may have a right to make a blood clot compensation claim.
What Causes Blood Clots?
Blood clots are a vital part of the healing process. They are formed naturally by the body to stop the bleeding from any injury. However, they are dangerous when they form in the arteries and veins and block the blood flow. This can happen due to a variety of reasons. Individuals on long journeys such as train and plane passengers are at a higher risk of developing blood clots because of sitting in one place for an extended period of time, or individuals confined to bed. Blood clots can also develop due to wrong medication or due to enforced immobility for whatever reason.
When Can You Make A Blood Clot Compensation Claim?
A blood clot might be caused because of something you did or due to medical negligence. You are unlikely to have grounds to make a blood clot compensation claim if it develops because of something you did (you should ask a solicitor to be sure). However, you may have a legal right to claim compensation if the blood clot developed due to medical negligence or if you were given incorrect advice for example.
Any of the scenarios listed below may constitute medical negligence:
- Your risk of developing blog clots was not properly assessed
- A DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis was not treated on time
- A Pulmonary Embolism was not diagnosed and treated on time
- Clot-busting medication was not administered even after the pulmonary embolism had developed
- Clot-busting drugs were administered unnecessarily, resulting in a stroke
If you experienced any of the above, you should ask a personal injury solicitor about your right to pursue a blood clot compensation claim.
What Happens When You Contact A Personal Injury Solicitor
At the outset, you can get a free claims consultation. During this consultation, the personal injury solicitor or an advisor will want to know all the circumstances around your blood clot. This is to determine whether or not you have a case before proceeding any further. If it’s decided that you do not have a blood clot claim, they may advise you against going any further. However, if they determine that your blood clot claim has merit, they may offer to take your claim on for you, typically on a No Win No Fee basis. A No Win No Fee agreement allows you to get the legal advice and representation you need without having to pay any upfront fees.
How A No Win No Fee Agreement Works
Essentially a No Win No Fe agreement means the solicitor covers all costs related to your blood clot compensation claim. You only pay a success fee (a percentage of the compensation awarded) if your claim is successful. If we take on your blood clot compensation claim and it’s unsuccessful, you do not pay anything.
How Much Compensation Can You Expect To Get For A Blood Clot Claim?
The amount of compensation for a blood clot claim depends on various factors. Compensation is generally awarded under two categories – general damages and special damages.
General damages are awarded for the pain and suffering you went through because of the blood clot.
Special damages include all medical bills that you’ve paid for your ongoing treatment. It also covers the cost of traveling back and forth for your treatment. The potential cost of long term treatment is also taken into consideration if the doctor certifies that you need it.
Special damages also cover your loss of wages, bonuses, and perks that you lost out on from taking leave of absence from work. Your home care costs will be reimbursed, even if the home care is provided by a family member. If the blood clot injury was so severe as to require amputation, the cost of the mobility aids will be reimbursed.
Although money does not compensate for the pain, suffering, and losses caused due to negligence, it can help to alleviate the financial burden so you and your family can take the time to recoup and recover from this traumatic ordeal.
To speak with a solicitor about a blood clot compensation claim free of charge, please contact us today.