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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Failure to diagnose congenital heart disease


    The birth of a baby should be an exciting event, but in some cases the mother or baby will suffer complications. One complication that can be discovered with regard to a baby is a congenital heart defect. This type of defect is there from birth and while some cases can be discovered during regular pre-birth scans not all cases can be discovered in this way.

    While it is rare that this disease is not discovered at birth, there is the potential for it to be missed. When there is a failure to diagnose congenital heart disease the baby’s health can be affected, sometimes mildly and sometimes in a more severe state. Since there is more than one type of this condition it can be more challenging to pull together and identify the symptoms associated with it. However regular health checks and the checks made soon after birth should help identify if any problems of this nature are present. While some conditions don’t require treatment and can often resolve themselves, this is not the case with all of them. If your baby or child has undergone a failure to diagnose congenital heart disease they may face a different future to the one they would otherwise have faced.

    What can happen if your baby is affected and not diagnosed?

    Some problems don’t require treatment, while others involve surgery or regular checks to keep an eye on them. Surgery is often the route to take to resolve a problematic defect, so if the defect is not found to begin with the individual can suffer as a result. This can lead to further problems throughout life and possibly a shorter lifespan. Clearly the sooner such a defect is noted and explored the better the outcome is likely to be.

    Come to Accident Advice Helpline today to see whether we can help you

    If your child has a heart defect and it was not originally diagnosed as soon as it should have been, you should get in touch with the professional injury compensation lawyers working for Accident Advice Helpline now. We can provide expert advice and support – and you are under no-obligation to take things further. However you may find you have a strong case to start a no win, no fee claim against the individuals concerned. Make sure you seek our advice today to see where you stand by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: August 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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