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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 a heart defect

    We tend to take a lot of our bodily functions for granted most of the time. Unless of course something goes wrong or we know someone who is experiencing problems. The birth of a baby should be an exciting time but if a heart defect or other problem is discovered it turns the happy event into a worrying one.

    It can be even more worrying if there is a failure to diagnose a heart defect that leads to problems later on. If such a defect – and there are many that can potentially occur in some people – should arise, treatment can often be sought to rectify or improve the issue. However if it is not spotted in time it can be devastating, either for the parents of a baby or for an individual who suffers as a result of not having the condition diagnosed.

    Since most heart problems related to defects do produce symptoms, a medical professional should explore the symptoms that occur. Generally speaking it should be possible to ascertain what the symptoms point towards, and to undertake appropriate tests to lead to a diagnosis.

    How can a heart defect make you feel?

    A lot depends on the type of defect you have. Some defects do not cause any issues – in fact some people may not even be aware they have a defect. Others are diagnosed at birth or at some point in their lives when symptoms start to manifest themselves. Since some defects require treatment – possibly surgical in nature – it can be dangerous if there is a failure to diagnose a heart defect. There is always the potential for this to occur or for a misdiagnosis to be made, even though it is rare and nothing something you often hear about.

    If you need legal advice, get no-obligation legal advice from Accident Advice Helpline today

    Accident Advice Helpline operates a 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 for free so you can contact us whenever it suits you. There is a three-year window from the time you were potentially given the wrong advice or diagnosis, or did not receive the correct diagnosis. The sooner you get in touch for your advice from Accident Advice Helpline, the sooner we can assess whether or not we can help you. We have assisted many other individuals in positions similar to yours, and we’ve got 14 years’ experience in the fields of accident advice and medical negligence. Get in touch now.

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    Date Published: August 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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