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If you or someone close to you has concerns about treatment for appendicitis or for appendix surgery, our expert medical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation. A claim is an opportunity to secure compensation for your injuries and to protect you again any future costs or care needs, as well as a way of highlighting vital patient safety lessons for medical institutions, helping to reduce further instances of substandard care for others.
When the appendix becomes inflamed this can result in the need for emergency surgery to avoid it rupturing and causing further internal injury. When this urgent operation is performed negligently the complications can be very significant, and can cause long-term injury or even cause death.
What can go wrong during an appendectomy?
When your appendix is removed (during a procedure called an appendectomy or appendicectomy) it is usually done to prevent the appendix rupturing or bursting, as this can lead to a dangerous condition called peritonitis (a harmful infection in the lining of the tummy which can cause impact on other internal organs).
Claims for negligent appendix management typically include one or more of the following:
- undiagnosed appendicitis causing great pain appendix bursting due to delay in performing surgery
- requiring further surgeries to remedy the rupture or abscess
- severe pain due to the pain relief being inadequate
- damage to other organs during surgery
- part of the appendix being left in the body
- rupture not being recognised or treated promptly
- related infection going unnoticed
How much compensation might I expect?
The value of a claim for negligent management of appendicitis will vary depending on the level of harm caused, as well as what financial losses you incur as a result.
You may have encountered reduced earnings,, or had to pay out for care to support you whilst recuperating from surgery. If you require any future surgery to repair an injury arising from negligence we can recover the costs of having this done at a private hospital.
Crucially, we will always work with you to identify the ways you and your family have been affected by the negligence and we will ensure we recover the highest award for your injuries.
How long do I have to make a claim from the date of negligence?
You usually have three years in which to bring a claim for medical negligence, however there are exceptions to this. It is best to pursue a claim shortly after the negligence, so we recommend you get in touch with a legal specialist who can advise you as to your options as soon as possible.
How long will a claim take to settle?
The length of time taken from start to finish will vary between cases, including the complexity of the case and whether the defendant admits liability early on or contests the claim.
With any case we work hard to progress the claim as efficiently as possible. We also aim to secure interim payments whilst the case is proceeding, so that you can receive an amount of damages at an early stage to fund treatments or to bridge a gap in loss of earnings.
How can I fund a claim?
Many of our claims are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as ‘No Win, No Fee’ funding. This means that if your case is unsuccessful you will have nothing to pay.
However, there are other ways to fund a claim and we will always discuss this with you I detail to identify the method which will best suit your needs.