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Cosly Consenquences of Postsurgical

Thromboembplic Complications.

33.3% of all DVT Malpractice Claims were Following Orthopedic Surgery.

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) has always been considered a serious and debilitating health convern.

It is estimated that at least 600,000 Americans suffer VTE complications each year, resulting in around 100,000 deaths per year.1 Several scientific task forces over the years have committed themselves to developing proper preventive measures and guidelines for VTE, and when these have been followed correctly, they have considerably lowered the incidence of complications.

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Any surgical procedure increases a patient’s risk of thromboembolic events. The risk is especially high with orthopedic surgery, where the incidence can be as high as 60% without appropriate preventive measures.2

With deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis, however, the risk can drop to less than 5%. These statistics not only prove how effective prevention measures can be at reducing VTE events, they also underscore the great responsibility that lies with surgeons to ensure that effective and adequate DVT prophylaxis is employed in every eligible case. Park et al., in their analysis of malpractice claims over a period of fifteen years, noted an important trend: while in the last decade surgeons were not usually held responsible for a thromboembolic event, this has changed of late and failure to comply with preventive measures can render surgeons liable to malpractice suits.3

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Young man in his forties missed DVT before knee surgery led to PE and death

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Young man in his forties missed DVT before knee surgery led to PE and death

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Young man in his forties missed DVT before knee surgery led to PE and death

SETTLEMENT

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Young man in his forties missed DVT before knee surgery led to PE and death

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Surgeon Vulnerability to DVT-related Malpractice Claims.

The incidence of VTE following surgery varies with the kind of surgery being performed. Correspondingly, malpractice claims also vary with different kinds of surgery. Malpractice claims tend to be higher when the surgery is elective. Park et al. performed an analysis of malpractice claims that were filed over a period of fifteen years. They assessed claims directly related to postoperative DVT complications. They found that the highest percentage of claims were made following orthopedic surgery (33.3%), followed by reconstructive flap surgery (27.7%). The authors also observed that inadequate DVT prevention was the foremost reason to finding surgeons liable.3

Plaintiff following Knee Surgery was awarded over $5 million due to a fatal pulmonary embolism.

Some case reports of malpractice in the United States illustrate the vulnerability of surgeons to litigation. An orthopedic surgeon reported having settled out of court for $400,000 after he failed to diagnose DVT in a patient undergoing knee replacement.4 The patient had developed fatal pulmonary embolism. Similarly, another orthopedic surgeon was found negligent after a young man in his forties developed fatal pulmonary embolism following knee surgery. The plaintiffs in this case were awarded over $5 million dollars.5 A patient, who was put on DVT prophylaxis but did not comply with it, developed fatal PE following a quad tendon repair. The case was settled out of court for $2 million dollars.5 Yet in another case, a general surgeon was sued for $250,000 when a patient developed DVT following hernia repair.6

 

Griffin analyzed the jury trial outcomes for malpractice cases that specifically involved pulmonary embolism (PE). He stated that emergency medicine doctors were uniquely vulnerable to legal action. Juries tended to hold emergency room physicians to higher standards than other physicians. Therefore, this group of physicians were more likely to lose cases than other doctors.7

Dvt Malpractrice Key Findings & Claims

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

MILLER AND ZOIS 2015

49-year old man treated for knee injury suffered fatal PE. In the malpractice claim against orthopaedic surgeon, the jury awarded $770,000. DVT preventive measures were not prescribed

Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Failure to Diagnose. Millerandzois.com. Published 2019. Accessed July 6, 2019.

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