You may think blood clots are an ailment of older Americans. But though blood clots are unusual in younger people, a blood clot or pulmonary embolism (a clot in the lung) can arise in seemingly healthy people in their 20s, 30s, or 40s.
Causes of Blood Clots
Some causes of blood clots are not age-related. Rather, people can get blood clots due to certain factors regardless of their age. Being young in itself is no guaranteed protection against blood clots.
You also should be aware that according to the National Blood Clot Alliance
, physicians sometimes fail to diagnose blood clots in young, seemingly healthy patients because conditions like blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are so rare in younger people. In fact, blood clots can arise even in vigorous young athletes, but physicians may misinterpret blood clot symptoms such as leg pain as being a charley horse, shin splints, or a muscle tear when, in fact, a blood clot is arising.
Causes of such blood clots, the NBCA says, can include:
- Traveling lengthy distances by car, bus, or airplane
- Family history of pulmonary embolism or DVT
- Significant trauma or injury
- Broken bone or major surgery
- Use of birth control pills
- A narrowing or absence of the inferior vena cava
How serious are DVT blood clots? Around 100,000 Americans die from them every year out of a total of up to 600,000 cases.
Blood Clot Treatment
A young person’s blood clot treatment may be the same or similar to that for older Americans. In some cases, “clot-busting” medications or anticoagulant (blood-thinner) drugs are prescribed to solve the problem.
In other cases, a tiny device known as an IVC (inferior vena cava) filter is implanted to capture blood clots, after which it is surgically removed. But a major problem with such retrievable IVC filters is that many are impossible to remove. They may break into tiny pieces, which then become embedded in body parts such as the heart or lungs, causing serious injury or even death. They also may migrate to other parts of the body.
IVC Filter Lawsuits and You
Increasingly, patients who have had these devices implanted are turning to an IVC filter lawyer for help after suffering from devastating complications. Victims of these defective medical devices and their families are fighting back with IVC filter lawsuits against manufacturers
that are reaping millions of dollars in profits off of these devices while innocent American suffer.
To size up your chances for a successful IVC filter injury lawsuit, notify an experienced lawyer with the law firm of Jim Adler & Associates today. You could be legally due significant economic recovery through an IVC filter lawsuit for your medical costs, lost salary, and pain and suffering. An IVC filter lawsuit can help you get the compensation that you deserve.
Contact an IVC filter attorney with our firm today for your free, no-obligation case review. Young or old, you need to know what legal options you have after an IVC filter injury, and one of our experienced attorneys can evaluate your IVC filter claim to help you decide what action you should take.