Appendicitis is a relatively common occurrence in the UK. There are approximately 34,000 operations to remove the appendix each year.
A large number of these operations are not planned and over 26,000 cases of emergency appendix surgery are carried out annually.
What complications can occur from Appendicitis?
When the symptoms of appendicitis are missed, there can be serious repercussions:
• Peritonitis happens when your appendix bursts and spreads the pus from your infected appendix to other parts of your body. If peritonitis is left untreated or is not treated in time, it can lead to sepsis (i.e.widespread inflammation caused by an infection) and even death.
• An abscess can also form around the burst appendix. This can be extremely painful and may need to be drained if antibiotics are not successful in clearing it. If you have suffered as a result of a doctor's failure to diagnose appendicitis, then we can help.
Making a failure to diagnose appendicitis claim
Our medical negligence solicitors have years of experience within this specialist field and have won thousands of pounds for our clients. We treat all of our clients as individuals and take time to get to know you and to understand your situation.
A detailed chronology of your presentation to medical personnel and of your treatment is likely to be crucial in appendicitis claims - we will take you through this during our initial consultation with you. We’ll also keep you informed at all stages of your claim and ensure you receive the best service from our team.
Contact our team to discuss your potential claim by email or call 0117 239 8012
Failure to diagnose Appendicitis FAQs
What is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis is a painful swelling of your appendix.
Your appendix is a small pouch which is attached to your large intestine and is found in the right side of your body underneath your abdomen.
The symptoms of appendicitis can be confused with other infections, which is why sometimes it does not get diagnosed quickly enough. We have encountered numerous clients who were incorrectly diagnosed as suffering from a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) when the correct diagnosis was appendicitis.
If you require advice from a specialist solicitor call our medical negligence team on 0117 239 8012.
What will it cost to make a failure to diagnose appendicitis claim?
We’ll talk to you about your situation in detail to help you to decide if you would like to make a claim for compensation for the failure to diagnose your appendicitis.
Your first visitor conversation to us is always free of charge. This gives us the opportunity to talk to you about making a claim and helps you to decide if you are happy for us to represent you. At this visit we will discuss with you how to fund your claim and give you clear, uncomplicated advice about all the options for funding, and advice regarding the best option for you.