Loved One on Blood Thinners Suffers Pulmonary Embolism After Surgery - Ohio Attorney Bill Hawal

Author: Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP

If a family member is on blood thinners, suffers a pulmonary embolism after surgery because he or she was not put back on blood thinners, do we have a claim? My name is Bill Hawal. I'm a malpractice attorney in Ohio and the answer to that is you may. Many people are on lifelong regimen of blood thinners such as Coumadin or Heparin because they have conditions that require that. Either they have clotting problems that are at increased risk for the development of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism or they may have a fluttering of the heart called 'atrial fibrillation' which also is an indication for the use of blood thinners on a continual basis. But if you're undergoing surgery, something more than minor surgery that presents a bleeding risk, the doctor may very well take you off of your blood thinning medications. But the standards typically require that the patient be start on the anticoagulants as soon as the risk of bleeding is over or within 24 hours of the surgery. If that does not occur, the doctor may very well be responsible for the consequences of not starting (or restarting) the blood thinners in a timely fashion and leading to a fatal complication known as a pulmonary embolism that cuts off the supply of blood to the lungs.

My name is Bill Hawal. I'm a malpractice attorney. If I can answer any of your questions, call me.

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