Deep Vein Thrombosis In Texas Workers Compensation


Deep Vein Thrombosis abbreviated as DVT, is a blood clot, usually forming in the leg. The clot could break free and travel to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism. This is a very serious condition that can damage the lungs or other organs of the body. We handled the case of an airline pilot who developed Deep Vein Thrombosis and bilateral pulmonary embolism. The Claimant piloted flights that would last up to twelve hours. After he turned in the claim for injuries, with the Texas Division of Workers Compensation, his insurance carrier denied the claim stating they questioned the mechanism of injury. His medical records established that Claimant had a pre-existing protein S deficiency and was a male over 40; both of which are risk factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis. The doctors (a hematologist and a vascular surgeon), explained that prolonged immobility in the pilot’s seat was the cause of the Deep Vein Thrombosis and the resulting pulmonary embolism. In addition to the medical findings, we presented the Wright Study, which found that clotting activism is increased in susceptible individuals after an eight-hour flight. The insurance carrier used a doctor (employee of the company) who testified that there was no indication of any significant increase of clotting after prolonged sitting. Claimant was able to prevail due to the expert opinions of the medical providers, their understanding of the causation and by providing medical studies which supported the causation. If you have a workers compensation injury that is beyond the understanding of the ordinary public, make sure you have the evidence to support your case. Get an attorney who can help you prepare the case properly. The Morris Law Firm can be contacted at (214)357-1782 or via email at


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