Crohn’s Disease Misdiagnosis Claim *
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory illness in your digestive system; it can affect any part of the digestive system but mainly the small intestine. Where a medical practitioner misdiagnoses Crohn’s disease as another illness and the patient’s illness worsens as a result, a medical negligence claim for misdiagnosis can arise.
A misdiagnosis happens when a medical practitioner wrongly diagnoses a sickness or condition, which may force the patient to undergo additional medical procedure/medication treatment plan that was not necessary if the illness was diagnosed correctly in the first place.
Types of Crohn’s
Crohn’s disease is most likely to occur in either the colon or the ileum, these are otherwise known as the last section of the small intestine. It is important that the sickness is diagnosed in its early stages, so the individual can receive treatment. There is no defining cause for why a person suffers from Crohn’s disease, but it is believed that factors such as smoking, inherited genes and problems with your immune system all contribute. The condition is long-term and if any of the related symptoms arise it is advisable to seek medical attention. Generally, there are four types of this diseases all of which share similar symptoms, but some present their own individual symptoms:
- Ileocolitis – this is the most common type that effects the small intestine (known as the ileum) and the colon. Symptoms include weight loss, cramps, diarrhoea, abdominal pain
- Ileitis – this type effect only the ileum. Symptoms include, weight loss, cramping, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fistula (inflammatory abscesses)
- Gasrtroduodenal Crohn’s disease – this type effects the stomach and the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine). Symptoms include weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting.
- Jejunoileitis – this type effects only the colon. Symptoms range from skin lesions, diarrhea, ulcers and abscesses around the anus and joint pain.
Unfortunately, at present there is no definitive procedure or medication that will cure the condition. Having said this, treatment can be administered in an attempt to relieve symptoms. Medical practitioners have a duty of care to deliver a professional service. They should be able to recognise when a patient may be potentially suffering from the illness. When it has been diagnosed and confirmed, there are treatment methods can be offered:
- Steroid medication
- Inflammation-reducing medication
- Removal of the inflamed section of the intestine through surgery
- Immunosuppressant’s to suppress the immune system
Why does misdiagnosis occur?
Misdiagnosis can occur for various different reasons. If a substandard level of care is delivered from a medical professional it is possible that they may be held liable. Some of the reasons why misdiagnosis can occur include:
- Failure to identify and investigate symptoms to an adequate level
- Mistakes by junior members of the medical team due to a lack of supervision
- Misinterpretation of test results such as MRI scans, X-rays and CT scans
- Failure to carry out the appropriate tests
There are other conditions that consist of similar symptoms as Crohns’s disease and medical practitioners have been known to confusion it with the following illnesses:
- Ulcerated colitis
- Intestinal Tuberculosis
Making a Claim
Speak with a Medical Negligence Solicitor
If you are in a position whereby you are contemplating bringing legal proceedings forward it is advisable to discuss your situation with a solicitor. It is important to note that medical negligence can be a very complex topic in Irish Law. If an attempt is made to register a Crohn’s disease misdiagnosis claim * without any consultation, there is a chance that a vital step of the process could be missed.
Obtain Medical Records
Medical records can be recovered upon request. Once obtained the information will provide a solid indicator as to where liability lies. The records will be examined by an independent medical practitioner where their expert opinion will be factored in.
Letter of Claim
If the independent medical expert has concluded that medical negligence is the cause of your injury then your solicitor will draft a Letter of Claim. This letter outlines the nature of the case and invites the negligent party to settle.
The next steps involved are dependent on the response to the Letter of Claim. It will determine whether or not the case will proceed to court. To reduce confusion and make the process as stress-free as possible your solicitor will always be available for assistance.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
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