Is DVT Covered by S.C. Workers’ Compensation?
What is DVT?
DVT stands for “Deep Vein Thrombosis” or “Deep Venous Thrombosis.” DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together. Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. They also can occur in other parts of the body.
Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that can likely result in permanent injury to the affected leg. A significant proportion of these patients develop irreversible damage in the affected leg veins and their valves, resulting in abnormal pooling of blood in the leg, chronic leg pain, fatigue, swelling, and, in extreme cases, severe skin ulcers.
DVT can result in following permanent conditions:
- Discoloration of the legs
- Calf or leg pain or tenderness
- Swelling of the leg or lower limb
- Warm skin
- Surface veins become more visible
- Leg fatigue
- Pain and discomfort walking or sitting
In addition, because blood clots in your veins can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, these clots can blocks blood flow in the lungs resulting in a pulmonary embolism.
In the United States alone, 600,000 new cases of DVT are diagnosed each year, with many going undetected. One in every 100 people who develops DVT dies.
Is DVT Covered Under S.C. Workers’ Compensation?
DVT can result from trauma or injury. Over the last 100 years, medical science has revealed that trauma patients are at risk for developing deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. If the DVT was caused by an injury to your leg, then the DVT condition may be considered compensable under South Carolina Workers’ Compensation laws.
Many times an injured workers will need an opinion from a qualified physician to support a finding that the DVT was caused by an underlying workplace injury.
Often times, DVT can be caused or result as a “side-effect” of any type of limb trauma even as minor as a sprained knee or foot. Also, surgery or orthopedic procedures to the lower extremity can lead to DVT. Due to the significant degree of permanent impairment that can be caused by DVT, it is important to hire an experienced South Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorney that handles DVT cases.
Contact a South Carolina Workers’ Comp Attorney if your Work Injury has Resulted in Deep Vein Thrombosis.
If you or a loved one has suffered from DVT or a pulmonary embolism following a workplace injury, we encourage you to contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today.
It is important to receive the necessary medical care and compensation for this condition that maybe available from Workers’ Compensation.
Many Workers’ Compensation claims that involve DVT and pulmonary embolism conditions can be complex and challenging. It is important to hire a South Carolina law firm with experience with workers compensation claims.
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