Appendicitis can be a very severe condition if not treated quickly and correctly and can sometimes be fatal.
Why does Appendicitis occur?
It is not entirely certain what causes appendicitis but it is believed to happen when the entrance to the appendix becomes blocked.
Appendicitis is when the appendix inflames, perforates or even bursts, causing leakage of puss into the abdomen. In some cases when the appendix bursts it can lead to a condition called peritonitis. Peritonitis is caused when bacteria enters other parts of the body following a burst or ruptured appendix.
This condition requires immediate surgery to remove the infected appendix preferably before it bursts.
How is appendicitis treated?
The majority of appendicitis cases are treated by simply removing the appendix known as an appendectomy. Thankfully this operation has an excellent success rate.
Removal of the appendix can be done in two ways, either by open procedure or by laparoscopic procedure. The Surgeon performing the operation will establish which method is best for the patient.
There is more risk of infection with the open procedure but depending on the individual circumstance of the patient it might be the only option possible.
Even though appendicitis is quite common and relatively easy to treat there are on occasion cases of clinical negligence which can lead to a patient making a claim for compensation.
Clinical negligence examples:
- Infection is left unnoticed and in turn delays recovery time or causes fatality.
- The condition is left undiagnosed for too long causing unnecessary discomfort, suffering and pain for the patient.
- Unnecessary further surgery due to failings in first or even second operations.
- The condition is correctly diagnosed as appendicitis but failure to action quickly enough resulting in the appendix bursting.
- Inadequate or no pain relief offered.
- After care is inadequate or insufficient– causing suffering and distress.
- Damage to other organs whilst in surgery.
- Severe scarring
- Failure to correctly deal with the appendicitis condition caused another medical issue.
Making an Appendicitis Claim
You may feel that you are the victim of clinical negligence and as a result are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
If you believe that following an injury or illness that the standard of care given to you was unsatisfactory but have no idea how to go about making a claim then please contact us today for a free and no obligation assessment of your claim.
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At Injury Claims Assistance we handle all clinical negligence claims on a ‘No win No fee’ basis so you have the peace of mind that when making a compensation claim it won’t cost you a penny.
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