NBA All-Star Chris Bosh was recently diagnosed with a blood clot. It is a very serious condition that could have an impact on Bosh’s future health, and could also end his career.
Injured workers in New Jersey should also be aware of complications arising from blood clots. Anytime someone undergoes major surgery there is some level of risk for blood clots. Of particular concern are surgeries to the hips and legs. These include hip replacement surgery, knee replacement surgery, and surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Blood clots form naturally in the body as a way to stop bleeding. They are a necessary part of post-surgical healing. By example, after a knee replacement surgery, a blood clot will form near the new knee joint. This is a good thing, and not dangerous.
Problems occur when a blood clot travels to the deep veins, commonly those of the calf and legs. This is called a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). The clot blocks the flow of blood in the vein, causing pain and swelling. It can also damage the vein wall. Things are potentially worse if the blood clot breaks free. If it travels to the lungs it can form a Pulmonary Embolism (PE). This will cause shortness of breath, chest pain and cough. A Pulmonary Embolism can block the flow of blood to the heart and lungs. It is a very serious condition that could cause death.
It is important to be aware of the signs for Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism and to immediately get medical care if you have these conditions. Common forms of care include elevating your legs, wearing compression stockings and taking blood thinners, such as Coumadin.
If you have sustained an injury or at work that has resulted in a blood clot from surgery or otherwise, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact a qualified Workers' Compensation Attorney immediately to learn more about your rights. Manfred Riccardelli has been assisting the Morris County community for over twenty years. He will guide you through the workers' compensation process and get you the benefits you deserve. For more information and a free consultation, contact us today via our online contact form or call our office at (973) 285-1100.