What can you do when your loved one has a pulmonary embolism that results in permanent serious injury?  

Due to potential for serious injury or death from a blood clot, care must be taken to prevent a pulmonary embolism.  Precautionary measures must be taken.  Relevant medical history must be reviewed.  If your loved one has suffered serious injury or death from a pulmonary embolism that was not prevented when it should have been, they might have a malpractice lawsuit.

Medical malpractice is a serious problem for all of us.  In a 2013 study, A New, Evidence-Based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care by John T. James, PhD., premature death associated with preventable harm to patients was over 400,000 per year.  

What is a pulmonary embolism?

A pulmonary embolism is caused by a sudden blockage of a major artery to the lung.  Normally, a pulmonary embolism is caused by a blood clot in a deep vein that travels up to the lung.  This blood clot in the deep vein is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  If the blood clot is large enough it can stop the blood flow to the lung completely, and can be deadly. 

Patients at risk to deep vein thrombosis must be treated and monitored for pulmonary embolism.  Immobility increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis.  Immobility can be from travel, cancer treatment, obesity, pregnancy, or prior injury.  Surgical patients are at particular risk to pulmonary embolism because they are frequently immobile for periods of time after the surgery. 

Those at risk of pulmonary embolism must be (1) treated with anti-coagulants, and medication to help reduce blood clots, and (2) treated with stockings to increase blood flow to prevent clotting. 

Medical malpractice cases involving pulmonary embolism involve failing to take precautionary measures to patients at risk to pulmonary embolism such as patients with a history of deep vein thrombosis, or those involving recent surgery. 

Fight for the compensation and justice you deserve for the injuries you have sustained, or for your loved one who had their life taken away.

In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can win compensation for all of your harms and losses including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and diminished future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Permanent catastrophic injuries or disabilities
  • Wrongful death

Pulmonary Emboli or DVT Malpractice Can Cause Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death

At The Bartinik Law Firm LLC, we are very selective about the medical malpractice cases we accept. We strive to fight for individuals who have endured very serious injuries and have the most to gain from winning a Connecticut medical malpractice suit.  We also work with families who have lost their loved ones due to the negligence of a medical professional.

You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or a loved one has been faced with one of the following situations:

  • Failure to take precautionary measure to prevent pulmonary embolism,
  • Failure to use of anti-coagulants,
  • Failure to use stockings,
  • Failure to understand the patient’s history and risk factors for pulmonary embolism,
  • Brain injury,
  • Spinal cord damage,
  • Lung injury,
  • Wrongful death

How to evaluate whether you have a medical malpractice case from a pulmonary emboli or DVT?

Do you think that a loved is the victim of a medical malpractice involving failure to prevent a pulmonary embolism?  How do you know?  How do you evaluate the case like this? 

The first step is to gather the medical records, and review them carefully.  For example, if your loved one lived in Glastonbury, Connecticut and they treated at Hartford Hospital and suffered a pulmonary embolism while under their care, we will contact the hospital and request all of the records.  We will also gather all of the other relevant medical information such as treatment records from the various family doctors that will show your loved one’s medical history that might lead to a pulmonary embolism or increase the risk for a DVT.

If you loved one suffered a life changing injury from the pulmonary embolism or DVT we will also gather the medical record to prove your loved one’s harms and losses. 

Next, before a case can be brought you will have to find a doctor that is of the same specialty as the defendant doctor to review the case.  Only if you get an opinion that medical malpractice has occurred, can you proceed with your case. 

There are also additional hurtles that you must also overcome, like proof of damages.  You must prove all of your harms and losses.  You must also prove that your harms and losses were caused from the medical malpractice.  You will be forced to examine the consequences of the error and whether the underlying condition contributed to the harm.  For example, you must prove that the pulmonary embolism could have been prevented had the malpractice not have occurred.  If the medical error caused the death of a loved one, then a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought.  If your loved one suffered a brain injury then the life-long care your loved one will need must be assessed.  All of these medical questions require answers by qualified medical experts to determine the harms and losses suffered by your loved one.  

If your loved one has suffered terribly from an injury that should have been prevented, then it's time to fight back and let them know they will be held accountable for their malpractice.

Contact Our Groton Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Our medical malpractice lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm LLC, do not accept every case. For a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, we must prove that the medical provider failed to live up to the appropriate standard of care, as well as that the medical negligence or malpractice caused harm to our client.

When The Bartinik Law Firm LLC, represents you in your medical malpractice case, you can expect attention to detail.  You can also expect excellent customer service on the day-to-day basis in our office.  Just take a look at our former client testimonials on this website.  When it comes to case preparation and trial technique, we have Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys ready to take your case to trial if necessary.  Additionally, we have also taught Health Law at the Quinnipiac College School of Law, lecturing to other attorneys on the topic of medical malpractice. We set the standard for medical malpractice attorneys throughout the state of Connecticut.

If you or a loved one were injured or killed due to a pulmonary embolism or DVT that should have been prevented contact The Bartinik Law Firm LLC, at 860-445-8521 or toll free 888-717-4211 today for a free consultation.


Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut