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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.
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.
Throughout your claim, Your Legal Friend will help you every step of the way
I am very happy and satisfied with the settlement you achieved for me and the service was excellent and thank you very much
Mrs E. Swaffield
Our medical negligence team has years of experience working on a wide variety of misdiagnosis cases so we understand just how difficult a decision it can be to bring an appendicits case.
That’s why we are committed to guiding you through every step of the process. We ensure that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by our specialist solicitors, while working alongside medical experts, to guarantee the best results for you.
Our medical misdiagnosis team is headed by Laura Morgan who has a wealth of experience in leading complicated, high value appendicitis cases.
Laura is recognised within the legal profession as a leader in the field of medical negligence and serious injury compensation. Laura has acted in a wide range of cases over her 17 years of practice and has particular expertise in acting for children who have suffered brain injury due to mismanaged birth or surgical errors, and in managing claims that have resulted in the death of a loved one. Laura has achieved a number of large settlements including £5.4 million for a 7 year old and £4 million for an 11 year old child.
Laura’s expertise and dedication to her clients is recognised in the Chambers guide to the Legal Profession in which she was praised for the efficiency of her approach to case handling and described as “tenacious and detail-oriented”.
Laura has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel since 2005 and accredited as a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since 2006. Laura is also a member of the specialist lawyers panel for Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK’s leading charity committed to patient safety and justice.
The effects of medical negligence can be devastating for the individual and their families, so securing appropriate compensation for them as quickly as possible is our top priority.
Director of Medical Negligence
Pay nothing if you lose your case, get maximum compensation if you win
Whatever the nature of your appendicitis claim, we always seek the maximum level of compensation for our clients – and if your case is unsuccessful, we don’t charge you any fees. This is our guarantee for all standard appendicitis claims.
With our no win, no fee guarantee, you pay nothing, unless you win your compensation claim. At that point you will only pay your insurance premium, if applicable, and the success fee, which will never be more than 25% of the amount you win.
We ask you to sign forms of authority so that we can obtain your medical records from your GP and any hospitals that have treated you.
As the medical experts we instruct need to know what happened during your treatment, we work with you to draft a detailed, accurate statement in your own words.
You are responsible for minimising the losses you have incurred as a result of the alleged medical negligence, so you need to attend any available treatments that could aid your recovery. You may also need to return to work as soon as it’s safe to do so.
You must prove that the treatment you received fell below the standard expected of a reasonably competent and skilful medical specialist of the type who treated you and that, as a result, you suffered a loss or injury. To do this, we obtain independent medical evidence from an expert in the appropriate area of medicine.
We have to establish whether the sub-standard treatment you received is likely to have led to your injury or loss. As this can be difficult to establish, you may need to see one or more medical experts who will assess your current condition and what the future holds for you.
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You need to keep all original financial documents safe as these will be needed when we prepare your case to go to Court. These documents include accounts, payslips, and receipts for expenses and medical treatments.
Although only a small number of cases proceed to a trial, we prepare every case for this eventuality.
The trial takes place before a Circuit or High Court judge who will make a decision based on the evidence we have prepared.
If you win your case, the amount of compensation will be decided by negotiation with the defendant or, if your case goes to trial, by the judge. The defendant will usually be ordered to pay us the costs we have incurred in preparing your case. We will also agree a date by which your compensation will be paid to us so that we can pay your compensation as quickly as possible.