Hepatitis is a condition which causes inflammation of the liver. There are several different types of hepatitis, the most common types being Hepatitis A, B, C and Alcoholic Hepatitis. Rarer types include Hepatitis D and E. The condition can be caused when the liver is exposed to alcohol or other harmful substances, or can occur from viral infection. Whilst some types of hepatitis can be treated without causing permanent liver damage, failure to diagnose hepatitis could lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer or liver failure, both of which could be fatal. Many people do not experience any symptoms, but if you notice any of the following, you should see your GP:
- Feeling or being sick
- Fever of 38 degrees centigrade or above
- Muscle and joint pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Hepatitis C is the most common type of hepatitis, affecting around 215,000 each year in the UK. Usually transmitted through contact with an infected person’s blood, most people fight off the infection within a couple of months. However it could progress into Chronic Hepatitis C, which can be treated using antiviral medication.
Have you been left with liver damage from hepatitis?
If your doctor has failed to diagnose hepatitis, you could be left with severe liver damage. Most people recover from hepatitis quickly either without treatment or with antiviral medication, but if you are not diagnosed, this could seriously impact your future health. You may be left with cirrhosis or liver cancer, or suffering from liver failure; you may even need a liver transplant. Failing to diagnose a medical condition could be classed as medical negligence, so it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer to explore your options for claiming compensation for your suffering and loss of earnings.
Claiming clinical negligence compensation
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we want to make your claim for compensation as straightforward and stress-free as possible; we think you’ve already been through enough. So if you have been affected by clinical negligence, why not take the 30-second test on our website today, to find out how much you could be eligible to claim? Or just give our freephone helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. There are no upfront legal fees to worry about, as we work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, and we offer confidential advice, with no obligation to proceed with a claim. You really do have nothing to lose, so call us today.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown