Liver disease affects two million people in the UK and there are more than 100 different types of liver disease, including hepatitis, alcohol-related liver disease, primary biliary cirrhosis and haemochromatosis. The liver exists to make and secrete bile and is also responsible for filtering waste products from the body, manufacturing cholesterol and processing and storing iron for the production of red blood cells. When the liver is damaged, the results can be damaging to health and in some cases life-threatening. Symptoms of liver disease can vary, depending on which type you have, but usually include:
- Weight loss
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
- Passing blood in stools or vomiting blood
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling in the tummy and ankles
By the time symptoms are evident, the liver is usually already damaged which makes a failure to diagnose liver disease even more serious. The type of treatment required will depend on the type of liver disease you have, but a speedy diagnosis will prevent further damage from occurring and in some cases your liver may be able to repair itself. For alcohol-related liver disease, abstinence from drinking is the main treatment, but a liver transplant may be needed in rare cases. Hepatitis is usually treated with antiviral medication, whilst Haemochromatosis is treated with a procedure known as a phlebotomy, where a small amount of blood is removed to lower the body’s iron levels.
Have you been affected by medical negligence?
Medical negligence is a far-reaching term which covers failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis. If there has been a failure to diagnose liver disease by a doctor or specialist, the consequences could be serious. Those suffering from hepatitis or alcohol-related liver disease could be left with cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) if the condition is left untreated, and liver disease could leave you unwell and unable to work, leading to loss of earnings. If you have suffered and your quality of life has been affected, you deserve to claim compensation.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
Whether you are currently suffering from liver disease or have now been treated but experienced medical negligence in the past, Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you. We have over 14 years’ experience handling failure to diagnose claims for our customers, and because we come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, you know you can rely on the team to provide you with the very best customer service. Why not call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to an adviser about your individual situation and find out if you could be eligible to claim compensation?