Respiratory tract infections, or RTIs, include any infection which affects the lungs, throat, airways or sinuses. Many are caused by viral infections but some can be caused by inhaling bacteria. Some examples of RTIs include:
RTIs are divided into upper respiratory tract infections and lower respiratory tract infections. Some can be treated at home with maintenance and rest but others require hospitalisation or antibiotics. Viral infections may be cared for with antiviral medication combined with monitoring in hospital. The spread is usually by inhalation of droplets but it can be spread by touching something that another infected person has touched. Symptoms are similar in many cases and include sneezing, coughing, fevers, headaches and muscle aches. Some have more serious effects on the lungs if left untreated. A failure to diagnose respiratory tract infections can result in complications depending on the severity of the illness.
Complications of RTIs
If an RTI is allowed to progress without any form of treatment or monitoring, a patient may suffer complications, depending on the type of infection. Untreated RTIs can lead to serious breathing problems which can cause lifestyle problems or even respiratory failure. Some infections are more serious than others if undiagnosed therefore may become fatal, particularly in the elderly or very young. This includes pneumonia or tuberculosis. Should you or a family member have suffered a failure to diagnose respiratory tract infections and your illness became more severe, then you may be able to file a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in helping victims of injuries and illnesses that were caused or worsened due to someone else’s negligence. Call us on our 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to speak with an expert about claiming compensation for your suffering. The no win, no fee* policy we offer means that you won’t be out of pocket when making your claim with us. The compensation you win could help you pay any expenses related to your illness or it could just help you pay the bills if you have been absent from work with your illness.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim