Gallstones affect one in 10 people in the UK and can lead to cholelithiasis or gallstone disease. Normally, gallstones form in the gallbladder and don’t cause any symptoms, but they can become trapped in a duct or in the pancreas, causing abdominal pain. Gallstones develop because of high levels of cholesterol in bile (a liquid produced by the liver) and this excess cholesterol can form gallstones. Risk factors for gallstones include being female, being over 40 or being a mother.
If gallstones are causing abdominal pain, it’s important to see your GP as treatment may be needed. This usually takes the form of keyhole surgery to remove the gallbladder, a procedure known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. It’s possible to live a normal life without a gallbladder. Your doctor may carry out the Murphy’s Sign test, where they tap on your abdomen to determine whether or not your gallbladder is inflamed. They may also carry out blood tests or refer you for a scan. If they think you have a more severe form of gallbladder disease, you may be admitted to hospital on the same day. Failure to diagnose gallstones could be life-threatening for those who are already in poor health.
Are you suffering from gallstones?
When you feel unwell, you expect your doctor to give you a diagnosis, and, if necessary, recommend treatment for your symptoms. Medical professionals have certain standards that they must meet; if you feel that the treatment you received has not met these standards, you may be able to claim compensation if there is evidence of medical negligence. Failure to diagnose gallstones or any other condition could have serious implications – you may need to take extra time off work to recover from your symptoms or could be left in pain.
Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose illness
If you feel you have been a victim of medical negligence at the hands of your GP, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Because we’ve been in the personal injury industry for over 14 years, we’ve assisted customers with all types of claims, from whiplash caused by car accidents to surgical errors. You can trust us to provide you with confidential advice, and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim. If you do decide to go ahead and claim the compensation you so rightfully deserve, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service; so that’s one less thing to worry about!