Failure to diagnose tuberculosis

There was a time when tuberculosis was almost eradicated in the UK. Certainly it was very rare to hear of anyone suffering from this disease. Unfortunately there are cases cropping up every year now and those who have symptoms that might point to TB (as it is known colloquially) should seek medical advice from their GP.

There are a number of symptoms that can alert someone to a possible case of tuberculosis. These include coughing, weight loss, a fever and feeling constantly tired and fatigued. A cough that lasts for a couple of days isn’t necessarily a problem but if it continues for over three weeks you should seek medical advice.

There is treatment for TB and it involves an intensive course of antibiotics to fight the infection. There are a number of types of TB in existence, so it is important that you receive a proper diagnosis as quickly as possible. Once the specific type is identified you can start on the relevant course of treatment. This will be monitored by health experts. As you can probably tell, a wrong diagnosis or no diagnosis at all can let the TB progress and get worse. It is rare to receive the wrong diagnosis but there is a potential for it to occur.

How can TB change your life?

Tuberculosis is a serious bacterial infection that can have severe effects on those who contract it. It is highly important that you receive medical attention and a proper diagnosis, particularly as the infection can be spread from person to person. Indeed when someone is diagnosed with TB in a family, it is not uncommon for other people in the family to catch it too. As you can imagine, a failure to diagnose tuberculosis can therefore be quite serious and have a major knock-on effect on other people as well.

Could our professional injury compensation lawyers help you?

No one expects to receive the wrong diagnosis from a medical professional, and few ever do. However there is the potential for this to happen. If you have suffered from a failure to diagnose tuberculosis call our enquiry line now on 0800 689 0500. It’s free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our experts can consider your case and help you with a no win, no fee* claim if you have solid evidence of a misdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis. Don’t leave things uncertain – contact us now for more information on your situation.

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