Every year, around 40,000 people in England are admitted to hospital suffering from appendicitis, yet failure to diagnose appendicitis is a more common medical error than you may think. The symptoms of appendicitis can include central abdominal pain, which usually moves to the lower right of the abdomen, nausea or vomiting and an unusually high temperature. However, medical professionals may misdiagnose patients as suffering from a urinary tract infection or food poisoning, and failure to diagnose appendicitis could lead to the appendix rupturing, which could cause serious illness and even death. If you have presented yourself at hospital or your GP surgery with symptoms of appendicitis and have not received a correct diagnosis, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Whether you have been seriously ill as a result and forced to take time off work or have been in pain which could have been avoided if your condition was correctly diagnosed, you should contact a personal injury lawyer for advice.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence
If doctors or hospital staff have failed to spot symptoms of appendicitis and provide timely treatment, you may be feeling angry and frustrated. You may have been forced to take time off work to recover from emergency surgery, which could lead to loss of earnings and further stress. However, a clinician’s error has affected you, you usually have a time limit of three years from the date of the mistake to make a claim for compensation. This is why it’s a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, for advice and to find out whether you are eligible to claim compensation. The amount you receive will depend on a variety of factors including loss of earnings, which will be taken into account.
How to make a claim
Whether you’re already certain you wish to claim for medical negligence, or are just considering your options, pick up the phone and call AAH today. It’s free to call our helpline and we are here 24/7 to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. Whilst you may feel concerned about claiming, our team of professional injury lawyers are here to support you every step of the way, and because we are backed by our patron Esther Rantzen and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you know you can trust us to provide you with the very best level of customer service. Call us today and one of our team will be happy to discuss the claims process with you in more detail.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown