Typhoid fever is caused by a bacterial infection which is contracted when water or food is contaminated with faeces or urine from an infected animal. The infection is prevalent in countries with poor sanitation and hygiene. Typhoid fever can pass easily from person to person and is often caught while abroad. The disease causes symptoms of extreme fever, constipation or diarrhoea, stomach pains and headaches. Sufferers may experience complications if the infection is undetected. If the illness is detected early, patients can be treated with a course of antibiotics and can often avoid hospitalisation. However, antibiotic injections have to be administered in hospital if the condition has not been detected early and has been allowed to progress. It is rare for a patient to die from typhoid fever in the UK, but this has the potential to occur if the disease goes undiagnosed for a long period of time. The failure to diagnose typhoid fever can result in complications and, in some cases, mental or physical disabilities.
Complications of typhoid fever
If the disease is not detected early and therefore goes without treatment, there can be severe complications. These may include internal bleeding or a section of the digestive system may be perforated which will then cause the infection to spread. In rare cases where the disease has been allowed to progress, the patient may not survive. If you have suffered a failure to diagnose typhoid fever, you may have experienced complications. Compensation can be sought where there is evidence of medical negligence. If a loved one has tragically passed away because of a failure to detect the disease, then family members may also be able to make a compensation claim.
Making your claim
You can get help claiming for compensation from Accident Advice Helpline. We work with a team of solicitors who are experts in helping victims of injuries and illnesses that were the fault of someone else. If you have contracted an infection like typhoid fever and it went undiagnosed, you may have experienced complications due to lack of treatment. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak with an expert who will be able to determine how successful your claim is likely to be. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t have to put a strain on your finances to claim the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim