Failure to diagnose pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung condition where an infection gets into your system and makes the lung tissue swell. The infection can affect either one or both of your lungs depending on how it progresses. It is very common to have a cough when you develop pneumonia, because it is your body’s way of trying to clear the fluid and mucus that build up in your lungs as a result of the infection. Many people also develop a fever and their breathing can be more difficult than it would normally be.

The normal treatment for this condition is to be prescribed antibiotics and to get lots of rest. Pneumonia can be very tiring and draining, partly through the coughing and partly because you have an infection. Not all courses of antibiotics will be useful in fighting pneumonia however. If it is viral in nature antibiotics won’t attack it and your body will have to fight it alone. They will work on bacterial cases of pneumonia but even then not all forms of antibiotics will be good enough to tackle it.

What can pneumonia do to alter your quality of life?

Pneumonia can be a serious disease to suffer from. While milder cases don’t require any specific treatment, some people can become very ill with the condition. Sometimes it can cause chest pain and you might find it hard to breathe. Needless to say these types of symptoms can be distressing and can worsen. You may be required to stay in hospital for a few days, which would upset your family life in many ways. A failure to diagnose pneumonia could lead to more severe symptoms than you may otherwise have experienced, which can make things worse and harder to recover from.

Talk with our professional injury compensation lawyers to determine if you could claim compensation

When you have been misdiagnosed it can prevent you from getting the right treatment early on. Even when you do receive a correct diagnosis the condition you are suffering from may have advanced and your life could be affected as a result. Accident Advice Helpline doesn’t just assist those who have been involved in accidents: we can advise in malpractice cases too. Contact us today on our 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500 – completely free of charge to find out more on whether you could claim after a failure to diagnose pneumonia by a doctor.

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