Failure to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, and affects one person in every 250 in the UK. Both are diseases involving inflammation of the gut – whilst Crohn’s Disease can affect the entire digestive system, ulcerative colitis only affects the colon. Rare types of IBD exist and you may hear these referred to as microscopic colitis. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease have similar symptoms, which may include:

  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Stomach pains

It is also common for sufferers to experience nausea and fever. The cause of IBD is unknown, but it’s thought that genetics and disruption to the immune system play a part in the development of the condition.

Whilst there is no cure for IBD, failure to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease could have a significant impact on a person’s life. Treatment to relieve symptoms is usually in the form of medications such as immunosuppressants, corticosteroids and aminosalicylates. In some cases of mild ulcerative colitis, symptoms may clear up after a few days. For the 20% of ulcerative colitis sufferers who don’t respond to medication, surgery may be needed, whilst around 75% of those with Crohn’s Disease may require surgery.

Have you suffered after a failed diagnosis?

Failure to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease may leave you unable to work and suffering loss of earnings. You may also be left suffering from symptoms that could have been avoided had you received a correct diagnosis, as earlier treatment may have been possible. If there is evidence of medical negligence, you could claim compensation for your pain, suffering and any loss of earnings, but it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer within three years of your failed diagnosis, as there is a time limit in place to make a claim.

Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease

Contact Accident Advice Helpline today if you’re ready to find out whether you could make a claim for compensation. We have over 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry assisting people with claims for medical negligence compensation, and we’re recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen. Why not call us today to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation or take the 30-second test on our website to see how much compensation you could claim? It’s free to call our 24/7 helpline and we can offer confidential, no-obligation advice. Our freephone number is 0800 689 0500 from landlines and 0333 500 0933 from mobile phones.

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