With extensive experience in medical malpractice, Gary Zucker and his legal team can help handle a pulmonary embolism lawsuit at their Brooklyn, New York, practice. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot forms somewhere in the body and is caught in the lungs - oftentimes causing immediate death. Doctors and other caregivers must ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent or treat pulmonary embolisms in high-risk patients, particularly those who are confined to bed or are in a coma.
Over the years, we've had many cases involving pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot forms, typically in the deep veins in the leg, and travels through the bloodstream, in an instant, to the lung. And that can prove to be fatal in many instances. What's important is to identify patients who are at risk for developing pulmonary embolism, to take preventative measures to try to prevent the clots from forming, and to recognize if these clots do form so that they can be treated promptly and effectively.
Certain patients are known to be at risk for developing pulmonary embolism. Most commonly, it's patients who are lying still, who aren't moving, and that allows the blood to become stagnant and clot.
There are devices, mechanical devices that hospitals use to stimulate the flow of blood. There are also drugs that can be given when blood clots have formed to keep them from growing until the body's own mechanisms can destroy them.
The important thing is to recognize who's at risk, to take appropriate preventative measures, to examine these patients carefully for any signs or symptoms of a blood clot, and if blood clots do form, to treat them immediately before they break off, and if they have broken off, to treat them before additional clots break off, potentially causing death.