Medical negligence whilst uncommon can have a big impact on your life and wellbeing.
Appendicitis is a common condition in the UK and in most cases simple surgery can be used to treat the condition. But patients that experience a delay in an accurate diagnosis can risk complications, including sepsis that can be fatal. For those that have been affected by medical negligence when suffering with appendicitis, an appendicitis misdiagnosis lawsuit could help them.
A claim for compensation can not only help those affected get the answers they have been looking for but provide financial relief too. The financial compensation victims of medical negligence receive can’t undo the suffering they’ve experienced but it can help them move forward by taking money worries off their mind and allowing them to focus on what matters – recovering.
As experts in medical claims, we understand that taking a claim forward can seem like a daunting prospect. But with the support of an appendicitis misdiagnosis lawyer, we’ll make the whole process as smooth and stress free as possible. We’ll work on your behalf to build a strong case against those responsible for your suffering and secure you the best possible outcome. From the very beginning through to representing you in court if necessary, the Your Legal Friend will be on hand to guide and offer support during your appendicitis misdiagnosis clam.
The time limit for making an appendicitis claim
Appendicitis misdiagnosis compensation claims are subject to the same time limit as all medical claims. You have three years to hold those responsible to account if you’ve experienced a delay in diagnosis or another form of medical negligence.
The ‘date of knowledge’, referring to the point when you first realised that mistakes had been made with your care, is the starting point for the time limit. In some case, particularly those that have experienced multiple misdiagnoses, it can be difficult to understand exactly when the time limit began. If you’re unsure exactly how long you have to take your claim forward, we’re on hand to help. We’ll use our experience of representing those making medical claims to pinpoint your ‘date of knowledge’.
Despite having a maximum limit of three years, we recommend that our clients start the compensation process as soon as possible. We’ll use your witness statement, along with other documentation, to support your case. It’s often easier to recall details of your experience the sooner you write them down, providing a stronger foundation to build your case on.
If you do not claim within the set time period, your claim will be considered ‘statute barred’ or ‘out of time’ and will unfortunately not be taken further. There are two exceptions to this rule, in the case of children and if the negligence directly led to a fatality. In these cases suing the NHS for negligence is still possible as the date on which time begins to run is the date of the child’s 18th birthday, and in the case of fatalities, from the date of death.