Pulmonary Embolism LawyerPulmonary Embolisms are Potentially fatal
Pulmonary embolisms are usually caused by a blood clot forming in veins of the legs, breaking off and becoming lodged in a lung. This is known as a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. The blood clot then impairs the lungs’ ability to oxygenate the blood by blocking pulmonary artery or one of its branches. Pulmonary embolisms are prevented by preventing DVTs.
Pulmonary embolisms can be difficult to diagnose. The most common symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, dizziness, heart palpitations and fainting. Pulmonary embolisms usually have a sudden onset. Depending on the severity of the pulmonary embolism the patient may be at risk of death and brain damage.
The pulmonary embolism and DVT lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations to assess whether a pulmonary embolism may be the result of medical malpractice.