Appendicitis Misdiagnosis & Negligence Claims Solicitors
The 3.5-inch-long appendix is a tiny, slender tube that connects to the big intestine. When the appendix becomes painfully swollen or inflamed, this is known as appendicitis.
Although the exact cause of appendicitis is unknown, it typically occurs when the appendix is obstructed by stool, a foreign object, or malignancy. This causes pain, inflammation, and the development of bacteria, so the majority of appendicitis cases will necessitate immediate medical care and surgery.
Without appropriate medical care, an inflamed appendix may eventually rupture or perforate, resulting in an infection of the abdominal cavity. Fortunately, there is help available for those suffering with the condition.
If detected immediately and correctly, appendicitis is a reasonably common medical illness that can be successfully treated.
Unfortunately, as with any condition, appendicitis can be misdiagnosed, and complications can arise during surgery. If you have experienced harm - be it physical, psychological, or emotional - as a result of your healthcare team's lack of proper care in relation to appendicitis, then you could be entitled to compensation.
Nobody deserves to suffer harm due to negligent medical care. If you, or someone close to you, have suffered avoidable harm prior to, during or after your appendicitis surgery, then seeking out the right legal advice is essential.
Why choose us?
At SDS Solicitors, we focus on assisting victims of medical negligence, including appendicitis negligence, to claim the right compensation.
In fact, SDS Solicitors has a substantial body of first-hand experience pursuing successful compensation claims on behalf of people with situations similar to yours.
We are based in Manchester, England but offer our industry leading services to clients all over England and Wales.
If you believe that you, or someone close to you, have experienced avoidable harm during your appendicitis treatment, then you could be entitled to compensation.
Contact our appendicitis surgery negligence specialists by calling the number at the top of this page or completing the contact form, and one of our specialists will call you to talk about your prospective case.
What are the symptoms of appendicitis?
Appendicitis is the most common type of abdominal health issue, causing more than 40,000 hospital admissions annually in England alone.
While appendicitis can affect anyone, the majority of those it affects are between the ages of 10 and 30.
Unfortunately, if appendicitis is not diagnosed right away, it can get worse and possibly injure the patient permanently. However, even if the condition doesn’t worsen to that degree, it can still cause those who suffer with the condition a significant amount of pain.
In fact, pain is the primary sign of appendicitis. It typically begins in the centre of the abdomen and may come and go over time until becoming severe and continuous and shifting to the lower right side of the abdomen over the appendix.
You could also notice additional signs like:
- Reduced appetite
- Urination that causes pain, is difficult to complete, or produces more pee than normal.
The accepted method of treating appendicitis is to remove the appendix by an appendectomy performed under general anaesthesia. It's regarded as a safe operation.
While either open surgery or keyhole (laparoscopy) surgery is an option, keyhole surgery is usually preferred by hospitals because it is less invasive and encourages a faster recovery.
Keyhole surgery entails three or four tiny abdominal incisions, gas inflation, appendix removal using tiny surgical instruments, and dissolvable sutures to close the wound. Normal stitches that were used to close the incision by the surgeon must be removed later; often within 7 to 10 days at your GP office.
If your appendix has already ruptured and there is a chance that the infection will spread to other organs, open surgery may be necessary. It is also the preferable choice if you have had abdominal surgery in the past.
How does appendicitis negligence occur?
Appendicitis negligence is a type of medical malpractice that occurs when a healthcare provider fails to properly diagnose and treat appendicitis. If not treated in a timely manner, appendicitis can lead to serious complications such as a ruptured appendix, septic shock, and even death. When a doctor fails to diagnose or treat appendicitis in a timely fashion, they are failing to meet the standard of care expected of them and may be held legally and financially liable for any resulting damages.
If you have been harmed as a result of careless appendicitis treatment, you can be eligible for compensation through an appendicitis claim. If you were a victim of any of the following, you might be eligible for compensation:
Rupture or perforation of the appendix brought on by postponed surgery
Appendix rupture or perforation might result from delayed diagnosis and treatment. Within 36 hours of the onset of appendicitis symptoms, there is a 15% chance of perforation. This means that the most dreaded complication, perforation, may result from your doctor's failure to detect your symptoms within the first 36 hours due to irresponsible treatment. Abscess or widespread peritonitis (swelling and or redness of the lining of your abdomen) can result from an appendix perforation.
Appendix perforation is typically more frequent the longer the delay between diagnosis and treatment. As a result, as soon as appendicitis is identified, surgery should follow as soon as possible.
You could be eligible for an appendicitis claim if your doctor attempted to diagnose your condition but failed to do so, leading to aggravated or prolonged pain, suffering or other losses directly related to the avoidable mistakes that were made.
If you or anyone close to you has suffered physically, emotionally, psychologically or financially after poor appendicitis treatment, and if this could have been avoided if the medical team responsible had followed the proper procedure, then you could have a claim.
To find out for sure, get in touch with one of our experts via the number at the top of our page, or simply fill out our contact form.
Unfortunately, appendicitis mimics other mild abdominal diseases, which makes it possible for doctors to misdiagnose the condition.
A pelvic infection, gastroenteritis, constipation, Crohn's disease, severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and bladder or urine infections are a few other illnesses that might be mistaken for appendicitis.
A medical professional may overlook or misdiagnose appendicitis because it shares symptoms with a number of these abdominal illnesses. Your healthcare provider may have been irresponsible if they failed to deliver appropriate information in the first place, depending on your symptoms and medical history. This may be considered medical negligence and you may be eligible for appendicitis claims if another medical practitioner would have accurately diagnosed your appendicitis where your doctor did not.
Obstruction in the intestine
Blockage of the intestine can happen if the inflammation surrounding the appendix affects and paralyses the intestinal muscle or if the inflammation's components physically impede the gut.
Inability to pass flatus is one of the main indicators of intestinal obstruction; in this situation, a patient should be sent for abdominal decompression right once to prevent perforation.
Inflammation brought on by an appendix rupture can impact a number of organs, including the fallopian tubes in females.
Due to the scarring and adhesions caused by this, the tubes may get blocked, preventing sperm from reaching the eggs. In this case, women won't be able to become pregnant. Despite the sad circumstances, the infertility can be overcome and, in some cases, successfully managed with IVF.
Infertility unfortunately causes millions of women significant emotional and psychological trauma. No woman should have to experience infertility as a result of improper care.
No amount of compensation can take away from the pain appendicitis negligence causes. But with the right solicitor by your side, you can make a claim that helps to alleviate some of the financial burden, giving you the resources to focus on healing.
To discover what your next steps might be and get the closure you deserve, contact us through the number found at the top of this page or by filling out our contact form.
When contagious germs enter the bloodstream and spread to other bodily parts, sepsis can occur.
This can be brought on by a slow appendicitis diagnosis.
Early detection and treatment are crucial because the condition can be serious and even fatal.
If appendicitis isn't identified as soon as possible, this can also cause the appendix to rupture, releasing faeces into the stomach and triggering a severe infection. Medical personnel have a responsibility to their patients to provide timely and accurate diagnoses.
Our experienced solicitors can assist you in filing misdiagnosis claims if you believe that a medical provider misdiagnosed you.
How can you tell if you have a claim?
Appendicitis surgeons must treat each of their patients with the same level of care as they would with any other medical procedure.
Do you believe that your surgeon's actions fell short of what was required by law?
Nobody should have to experience trauma as a result of surgery they believed would enhance their quality of life, especially trauma that could have been prevented if your medical team had followed the right procedures.
The next step for those affected is to contact us for legal counsel. Similar to your situation, SDS Solicitors has handled cases and successfully obtained several compensation claims for its clients. We can position you to proceed with your claims in the best way possible.
At SDS Solicitors, we work on a no-win, no-fee basis, which means you won't be charged if your claim is unsuccessful. If you believe you or someone close to you may have grounds for a claim against appendicitis negligence, get in touch with us today.
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