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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Blood Clot? Negligence and Accidents

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Blood clot compensation claims guide

By Marianne Herondale. Last updated 4th April 2022. Welcome to our blood clot compensation claims guide.

If you have suffered a blood clot and it can be proved that somebody else was liable due to negligence then you may be able to make blood clot claims. Blood clots vary in seriousness from discomfort, right through to complications resulting in death. If your blood clot was missed, wrongly diagnosed or was not treated properly then you may be eligible to receive damages as a result.

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An Overview Of Blood Clot Claims

Welcome to our blood clot compensation claims guide.

Blood clots are potentially very serious, as well as causing pain and injury in the area that they develop, parts of the clot can break off and move into the lungs and heart causing very serious injury and even death. Following a blood clot, you are likely to be feeling very vulnerable and unwell. However, you may be eligible to make blood clot claims and seek the compensation you deserve following your ordeal.

The most common cause of compensation for pulmonary embolism and other forms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is medical negligence. This occurs if a doctor has failed to diagnose your blood clot or failed to take appropriate action to treat it. You may also be able to claim for blood clots after a car accident if you were injured due to the negligent actions of another person.

Read on to find more about the signs and symptoms of a blood clot and the ways in which you may be able to make blood clot claims.

What Constitutes A Blood Clot Claim?

Like all other personal injury claims, blood clot compensation claims have a time limit of 3 years. If you wish to make legal proceedings for your blood clot caused by third-party negligence, you must do so within this limitation period.

Negligence could be any situation in which the actions of a person or failure to act caused you to suffer from a blood clot or complications arising from a blood clot that was not identified and treated as quickly as it should have been. Examples of this include:

  • Being treated in hospital and not being issued with surgical stockings if that would have been appropriate.
  • Taking the contraceptive pill and not being appropriately assessed by a GP.
  • Failure to spot a blood clot following a long-haul flight.
  • Not being treated correctly if you suffer from a condition that makes your blood more likely to clot.

What is a Blood Clot?

Before we look into blood clot compensation claims, let’s get an idea of what blood clots actually are.

Blood clots are clumps of sticky blood that have changed into a semi-solid state. Most usually your blood clots following a skin laceration to prevent you from losing blood and to stop the infection from entering the body. However, when clots of blood occur inside your veins it can be very serious as it slows down the blood flow and can move into a more dangerous position, such as your heart and lungs. If the clot moves and becomes stuck in the heart or lungs then this is a medical emergency.

Clots can occur in veins or arteries. An arterial clot is more immediately serious than a venous clot. A venous clot tends to build up over time but can still be life-threatening. Deep vein thrombosis is a clot that forms in a major vein deep inside the body, usually the legs. It can however also form in your arms, brain, lungs or pelvis. You could even potentially suffer from a blood clot in the finger.

Please read on for more information about blood clot compensation claims.

What is evidence of a blood clot?

If you have a blood clot you may notice swelling in one leg or arm. The limb with the blood clot may be painful or tender, the pain is usually like a cramp. Your skin may be red or bluish in colour and is likely to feel warm to the touch. The severity of your symptoms will depend on the size of the clot.

What are the symptoms of blood clot in head?

A blood clot in the head can be very serious so identifying it early can be crucial to recovery. Signs to look out for include drooping on one side of the face, weakness on one side of the body, a severe headache, numbness and tingling in one arm and leg, visual disturbance, confusion and slurred speech. You may also experience loss of coordination.

What does it feel like to have a blood clot in your leg?

If you have a blood clot in your leg then the area affected is likely to feel warm and painful and may be swollen. It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between a cramp or a pulled muscle and a blood clot, but in the case of a blood clot the pain will usually increase.

UK Blood Clot Statistics

According to statistics from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), approximately 2 in 1000 of the general population will suffer from DVT, and it is more likely to arise as an issue once you are over 80 years old. Those who have already suffered from a blood clot also have a 30% chance of recurrence within 8 years.

If you’ve suffered from a blood clot due to negligence or an accident, get in touch today to find out how you could claim.

What Should You Do If You Suffer a Blood Clot?

If you suspect you are suffering from a blood clot, we strongly suggest that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.

After you have received proper treatment, your focus may shift to blood clot compensation claims. Legal Expert are on hand to offer advice about your individual case and the possibility of you claiming DVT negligence compensation. It is also advisable to gather details of any witnesses to the events leading up to your blood clot and to write down your experience of the events that occurred prior to developing a blood clot in as much detail as you can. Even the smallest of details may help your solicitor to establish blame and go on to successfully claim blood clot compensation on your behalf.

What are the Short Term Effects of a Blood Clot?

You may wish to make blood clot compensation claims for the immediate impacts that you experienced through no fault of your own.

The short term effects of a blood clot include pain which may throb or cramp, redness and swelling or heat in a leg or arm. You may also experience breathlessness, chest pain and a cough if your blood clot has moved to your lungs or your heart. You will require hospital investigations and medication to break up the blood clot and stop more clots from occurring. This medication is called an anticoagulant.

What are the Long Term Effects of a Blood Clot?

You may also wish to make blood clot compensation claims for future impacts that you experienced through no fault of your own.

There are long term implications to suffering from a blood clot as well. If the clot moves or a piece breaks off and travels through the body to your lungs this can be serious and even fatal if it blocks one of the blood vessels. Initially, you will experience chest pain and breathing difficulties but may be unfortunate enough to experience lung collapse and even heart failure. This is called a pulmonary embolism when the blood clot travels to your lung.

After you have had a DVT, even if it is successfully treated you may experience long term symptoms called post-thrombotic syndrome. This will usually occur in your leg and can cause swelling pain, rashes and even ulcers.

I Suffered DVT After a Flight – Could I Claim Compensation?

If prior to your diagnosis of a blood clot you visited your GP with symptoms of a blood clot and told them that you had recently been on a long-haul flight over 4 hours then the doctor should have recognised this as a risk factor and assessed you for a DVT. If they failed to identify this as a risk factor and explore the possibility of DVT during your visit then it may be possible to prove that they were negligent.

Up to now, blood clot compensation claims against airlines have been unsuccessful. If a challenge had been successful the airlines could have faced a huge amount of claims. Victims have attempted to claim that long hours in the air in cramped conditions caused their DVT but to no avail yet.

If you are unsure who was to blame for causing or failing to diagnose your blood clot then please call Legal Expert and speak to one of our personal injury solicitors who can look at the details of your case and make a judgement about where the responsibility lies in your situation. You can then go forward and seek DVT compensation against that person or organisation.

I Got a Blood Clot in Hospital – Can I Claim?

Two-thirds of blood clots occur following hospitalisation. This means that a huge amount of blood clots are actually preventable and hospitals have a responsibility to prevent DVT from occurring whilst patients are under their care. These can sometimes be called medical negligence blood clots. Hospital negligence is valid grounds for making blood clot compensation claims.

It is a well-known fact that patients are at a higher risk of developing a DVT following surgery and some other medical treatments. Therefore it is the hospital’s duty to ensure that patients are monitored and checked to reduce the occurrence of DVTs. It is also essential that DVTs are identified as early a stage as possible in order to treat them before the symptoms become more serious.

If hospital staff fail to follow procedures and a DVT occurs then they become liable for medical negligence. Blood clot claims can then be brought.

If you are unsure whether the hospital that you visited would be medically negligent then please contact Legal Expert and we can advise you on the personal injury claims that you may be eligible to make.

I Have a Blood Clot After a Car Accident – Can I Claim?

If you suffer an injury following a car accident that leads to a blood clot and all the associated pain and suffering then you may be able to make blood clot compensation claims against the driver if the accident was their fault.

If your blood clot then occurred or became more serious because the medical care you received was negligent then you can also claim for this. Situations in which medical negligence may be claimable include failure to administer the right kind of anticoagulant medication, failure to identify you as a high risk of a blood clot and failure to diagnose the blood clot.

Legal Expert can help you with both of these blood clot claims. Please call us today and we can talk you through the process.

Medical Negligence Blood Clot Claims

If you have a blood clot then time is of the essence to avoid complications from developing. In order to catch the blood clot before it becomes more serious, you need to get a correct diagnosis.

If you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above then you should see a healthcare professional as soon as possible. They will then be able to diagnose the blood clot and ensure that you receive the treatment you need.

During your assessment, a doctor will not only be looking at your symptoms but also whether or not you are at high risk for developing a DVT. They will assume that you are at higher risk if you are a smoker, overweight, pregnant, taking the contraceptive pill, have recently flown long haul or are suffering from a particular condition that makes your blood clot more easily.

If you are considered high risk then the doctor should seek to take appropriate measures to avoid a DVT from developing.

If you go on to develop a blood clot or suffer any complications following that blood clot and you believe that your GP was negligent then you may be able to claim for GP negligence. GP liability arises if they have made an inadequate risk assessment, have failed to diagnose the clot or have failed to give you the correct medication in a timely manner.

What Can I Claim For Within Blood Clot Claims?

If you have been unwell following a blood clot and somebody else was to blame for your illness then you may be able to make blood clot compensation claims the following types of damages:

  • General Damages – general damages covers the pain and suffering that you have experienced as a result of your blood clot. This can include the pain and discomfort of your initial clot as well as the suffering you experienced as a result of any further complications that occurred prior to your blood clot being treated properly.
  • Special Damages – this could cover any of the following financial expenses:
  • Medical Expenses – if you incurred any out of pocket medical expenses as part of your treatment or therapy then you can claim these back as part of your compensation claim. This may include any costs going forwards for any long-term treatment that you require. Your medical expenses claim can also cover any costs of medication, including prescription charges. Be sure to keep any paperwork to prove this.
  • Travel Costs – if you were forced to pay any travel costs as a result of your illness, perhaps to and from medical appointments, then you may be able to claim the prescription fees back. Remember to keep any receipts to prove the costs you have incurred.
  • Care Claim – If, as a result of your illness, you required help at home then care costs can also be claimed.
  • Loss of Earnings – if you were unwell for a long period of time as a result of your blood clot then you are unlikely to have been able to work, resulting in a loss of earnings. You have a right to claim back this loss of earnings as part of your blood clot claims.
  • Death of a close friend or relative – sadly, blood clots can result in death. If you have lost a loved one due to negligence which resulted in the formation of a blood clot or complications as a result of a blood clot then you may be able to claim for your emotional suffering and the costs of a funeral. If you were financially dependent on the person who died, you can also claim compensation to cover your losses.

Blood Clot Compensation Claims Calculator

This section looks at potential compensation amounts you could receive for a blood clot injury. The amounts in the table below are from the Judicial College Guidelines, and would cover general damages.

InjurySeverityAmountNotes
Mental Anguish-£4,380There will be a reduction in life expectancy or fear of impending death.
Paraplegia-£205,580 to £266,740This will be judged upon the degree of independence, age and life expectancy, impact on sexual function and the presence and severity of any pain.
BrainModerately Severe£205,580 to £264,650Serious disabilities, such as paralysis and intellectual impairment. Life expectancy is reduced and there is a risk of future issues, such as sight loss.
BrainLess Severe£14,380 to £40,410Claimant will have made a good recovery and be able to return to some degree of normality in their life. There may still be some persistant issues, such as memory loss.
Epilepsy(A)£95,710 to £140,870Established Grand Mal.
Epilepsy(C)£9,990 to £24,680There may be a temporary resurgence of epilepsy and one or two discrete epileptic episodes.
Finger(I)£11,420 to £17,590Total and partial loss of the index finger.
LegVery Serious£51,460 to £85,600Injuries cause long-lasting issues with mobility, leading to a need for mobility aids for the rest of the claimant's life.
Lung Disease(A)£94,470 to £127,530For a young person with a serious disability. There will be progressive worsening leading to a premature death.
Psychiatric DamageModerate£5,500 to £17,900There will have been an improvement by the trial date and the prognosis for recovery will be positive.

The amounts shown are not guaranteed. Each case is assessed according to the individual circumstances, so don’t worry if your injury is not listed here. For more information about what you could claim, get in touch with our advisors at any time.

No Win No Fee Blood Clot Claims

Legal Expert provides solicitors operate on a No Win No Fee basis, also known as a conditional fee agreement. This means that they do not charge fees upfront and have no hidden costs. Any fee payable will be taken out of your final payout if you are successful in your claim. This means that you do not need to be worried about any financial burden prior to bringing blood clot compensation claims forward.

Getting help from Legal Expert with Blood Clot Claims

As well as having many years of experience in bringing personal injury claims, here at Legal Expert we pride ourselves on showing compassion to our clients. We understand that when you have suffered a personal injury you are going through a very traumatic and confusing time. We do everything we can to reduce your stress. We are always here to answer your queries and you can be sure that we do everything we can to gain the maximum compensation for you. We have a fantastic track record when it comes to winning our cases.

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Helpful Links

DVT Information

NHS information about DVT

Thrombosis UK

This should give you some more data and advice about thrombosis

Medical Negligence Claims

You can find out about the medical negligence side of claiming here.

Blood clot compensation claims FAQs

Can I sue a doctor?

Yes, if they failed to uphold their duty of care to you and you suffered as a result, you could make a claim against them.

What is medical negligence?

This is where a medical professional’s care falls well below what’s expected of them. They will have failed to adhere to official guidance or procedure in such a way that others in their position would not have.

What do you feel when you have blood clot?

If you have a blood clot you may notice swelling in one leg or arm. The limb with the blood clot may be painful or tender, the pain is usually like a cramp. Your skin may be red or bluish in colour and is likely to feel warm to the touch. The severity of your symptoms will depend on the size of the clot.

Are blood clots a big deal?

Blood clots can cause anything from minor discomfort to risk of death. When clots of blood occur inside your veins, the result can be extremely serious as it slows down your blood flow and could even move into a more dangerous position, such as the heart or lungs. If the clot then becomes stuck, then would be considered a medical emergency.

How do doctors diagnose a blood clot?

According to the NHS guide on DVT, If a doctor suspects that you may have a blood clot they will usually carry out an ultrasound test to check. This is a non-invasive procedure but if they are unable to diagnose from the ultrasound then they will carry out venography. During venography, the doctor will inject dye into a vein and then take an x-ray. The x-ray will indicate whether there is any problem with blood flow in the vein. If blood flow is slow then this may indicate a blood clot.

Is a blood clot considered a disability?

Though a blood clot itself may not be considered a disability, the consequences of suffering from a blood clot could lead to one.

How are claims valued?

The more damage you suffered, the more you’ll be entitled to claim. For a free consultation on how much you could be eligible for, please get in touch today.

What damages could I claim?

You could claim general damages for any physical and psychological injury and special damages for any financial shortfall, such as loss of earnings or medical fees.

How can I contact Legal Expert?

For free and confidential legal advice, please get in touch today by referring to our contact section or using our live chat feature for a more instant response.

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