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Our solicitors are experts in Appendicitis Claims and have represented many victims of medical negligence, obtaining large sums in compensation.
Appendicitis is a common condition and it is estimated that approximately 1 in every 13 people develop it at some point in their life. Failing to treat appendicitis or misdiagnosing appendicitis can leave a patient in a very serious condition, potentially life threatening.
Medical staff need to act quickly otherwise there may be a case for medical negligence compensation.
Below you can find out more information about appendicitis and whether your appendicitis was properly identified and treated. If there was a failure to do this, then you may be entitled to make appendicitis compensation claims.
To find out more telephone our team of specialist solicitors on 0800 999 3372 or complete our free claim assessment.
What Is Appendicitis and Appendicitis Compensation Claims?
Appendicitis is swelling of the appendix. The appendix is a small pouch which is connected to the large intestine. It is where faeces are formed.
Despite all the research it remains unknown why we have an appendix. To remove it is harmless.
The sign for appendicitis is the start of abdominal pain which comes and go. After a few hours this can worsen with the pain travelling to the lower right hand side of the stomach. This is where the appendix lies. The pain will become constant and severe.
If you press on the area, coughing, or even walking may all make the pain worse. In other cases you can suffer:
- Loss of appetite
- High temperature
A failure to treat appendicitis is very serious. If left untreated, the appendix could burst which could be fatal.
What Causes Appendicitis and Appendicitis Claims?
It is unclear what exactly causes appendicitis, however in most cases it occurs when something blocks the appendix, for example faeces or a tumour.
This blockage causes bacteria in the appendix to multiply. This causes it to fill with pus and develop into inflammation and swelling. The pressure caused by the swelling can lead to the appendix bursting.
As it is unknown exactly what causes appendicitis there is no way to prevent it. Appendicitis can develop in people of any age but it is most common in young people.
How Should Appendicitis Be Diagnosed?
Appendicitis can sometimes be mistaken for other conditions such as:
- Crohns Disease
- Severe irritable bowel syndrome
- Pelvic infection
It is difficult to diagnose unless you have the typical symptoms which occur only in about 50% of cases. Even then, appendicitis can be difficult to diagnose. Some people’s appendices are located in slightly different parts of the body like:
- Around the small bowel
- Near the right lower part of the bowel
Your GP should ask about your symptoms and perform a physical examination of the abdomen area. If pressing on the abdomen area hurts then this should result in a diagnosis of appendicitis. Your GP should then refer you to hospital immediately. If they do not, it can result in negligence leading to Appendicitis Claims .
At hospital clinical tests should be carried out which include:
- A blood test – to look for signs of infection
- A urine test – to rule out other infections such as a bladder infection.
- An ultrasound scan- to see if the appendix is swollen.
- A CT scan
You should be reviewed by a surgeon. The surgeon may recommend a laparoscopy to inspect the appendix and pelvic organs if an appendicitis diagnosis is still uncertain. If they do not, they may have been negligence resulting in Appendicitis Compensation Claims.
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How is Appendicitis Treated?
If a diagnosis is confirmed then the doctor or surgeon should advise you to have your appendix removed. This prevents the risk of the appendix bursting. This surgery is known as an appendectomy. If they doctor fails to do this quickly or at all in can leading to unnecessary pain and suffering, resulting in Appendicitis Claims.
This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic using either keyhole or open technique.
This is also known as a laparoscopy and is the preferred method of removing the appendix because recovery is quicker than open surgery.
The surgeon will make 3 or 4 small incisions in the abdomen. Instruments are then inserted which includes:
- A tube that gas is pumped through to inflate your abdomen. This allows the surgeon to see more clearly your appendix.
- A laparoscope, which is a small tube containing a light and a camera which shows the images of the inside of the abdomen on a screen.
- Small surgical tools are then used to remove the appendix.
Once the appendix is removed the incisions are sewn with dissolvable stitches.
In some circumstances it is not always possible to carry out keyhole surgery and instead open surgery is necessary. Such cases are where the appendix has burst and formed a lump called an appendix mass or the person has previously had abdominal surgery.
During this surgery the surgeon will make a larger incision in the lower right hand side of your abdomen in order to remove your appendix.
If an appendix has burst it can cause an infection which is known as peritonitis. If this occurs then the surgeon may need to make a longer cut across the abdomen. This procedure is known as a laparotomy. If the surgeon fails to do this correctly or at all it can be negligent leading toAppendicitis Compensation Claims.
The incision will be closed usually with dissolvable stitches.
Most people should be able to leave hospital within a few days of the surgery. Although if there have been complications such as peritonitis then it can be up to one week.
Before leaving hospital the doctor should advise you about taking care of your wound, and what activities you should avoid. It should usually take about 4 to 6 weeks to recover and return to daily activities. If the doctor fails to advise you about how to treat your wound it may have been negligent, leading to Appendicitis Compensation Claims.
Like with any surgery there are risks. These include:
- Bleeding under the skin, called a haematoma
- Wound infection
- An abscess
- A hernia
What is Appendicitis Misdiagnosis?
Every doctor or consultant at a hospital owes every patient a duty of care to provide the correct treatment. If they fail to do this and harm has arisen as a result then you can make Appendicitis Claims.
A failure to diagnose appendicitis can lead to a delay in treatment. This can lead to potentially life threatening consequences and severe disabilities. Appendicitis Claims often relate to serious conditions that arise because of appendicitis negligence.
If you have not been correctly diagnosed in time or received the correct treatment for appendicitis then you may be entitled to make appendicitis claims.
If you think you have suffered medical negligence then it is important you get in contact quickly. The earlier you act the greater chance you have of being successful with your medical negligence claim.
Our solicitors are experts and highly qualified. They are able to investigate your appendicitis medical claim thoroughly. You can call and speak with them on 0800 999 3372.
How Much Compensation For Appendicitis Claims?
Our solicitors pride themselves on seeking the right amount of compensation that victims of appendicitis medical claims deserve. They fight for justice and are specialists in Appendicitis Claims. The amount of compensation you are awarded will depend on the extent of your suffering and the details of your case. It will also depend on your personal circumstances.
Our solicitors will be able to guide you through the levels of compensation available based on your own circumstances. Contact them today for a Free Case Assessment. Also complete our compensation calculator to find out more.
No Win No Fee Appendicitis Claims
Our medical negligence solicitors will represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. There is no cost to you if the claim is unsuccessful. You will obtain the maximum compensation available to you.
Our solicitors will also discuss any other options that are available regarding you case.
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