Blood clots in the body can occur for many different reasons. However, when a blood clot is present in the body, many dangerous things can occur as a result, and one of these possible outcomes is the creation of a pulmonary embolism.
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of one of the key arteries in the lung. When a pulmonary embolism occurs, it requires immediate treatment in order to minimize the severity of the outcome. Sadly, pulmonary embolisms often occur while patients are already in the hospital, and the condition has been named as one of the most preventable conditions that continue to cause deaths. If you have lost a loved one to a pulmonary embolism in the state of California, you may wonder whether the hospital that treated your loved one is liable for medical malpractice.
How can I know whether the hospital exercised medical malpractice?
When a person is at an elevated risk for a blood clot or a pulmonary embolism, there are specific medical processes that should be followed. Those who have a higher risk for a pulmonary embolism include those who are already hospitalized, pregnant women, people over the age of 60, and those who have previously suffered a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis. If it can be shown that the hospital or medical practitioner in question did not follow the appropriate procedure when it comes to looking for signs of a blood clot or pulmonary embolism, they may be liable for medical malpractice.
If you have lost a loved one in California due to a pulmonary embolism, it is important to take action to assess whether the hospital and/or hospital staff should be held responsible.