Appendicitis is a fairly common medical condition and one that can usually be treated relatively easily and successfully if it is identified quickly and the right action taken. Unfortunately, if there is a delay in diagnosis or the right treatment is not provided promptly, appendicitis can become much more serious with the potential to cause serious long-term health consequences for the patient.
If you believe you or a loved one have suffered an injury due to medical negligence during treatment for appendicitis, you may be able to claim compensation. The process for doing so successfully can be complicated and intimidating, so having the best possible legal team in your corner is essential.
Wolferstans’ medical negligence solicitors have a strong track record of success in pursuing appendicitis claims for a wide range of clients across England and Wales. We have the experience to offer a fast, accurate assessment of your claim’s strength and the level of compensation you may be entitled to and can provide skilled guidance and representation to make the entire claims process as easy as possible.
We offer a no win, no fee appendicitis claims service, meaning there need be no upfront cost to pursue a claim. With our strong expertise in non-confrontational dispute resolution, we also usually resolve claims outside of court, meaning you get a result faster, at lower cost and without the stress of appearing in court.
We offer a free initial no obligation consultation during which we will be able to tell you if you have a claim worth investigating further.
To arrange your consultation please contact the new client team on 01752 292360.
Our appendicitis claims service
We support clients across England and Wales with a wide range of medical negligence claims related to appendicitis, including those involving:
- Misdiagnosis and late diagnosis of appendicitis
- Failure to carry out appropriate diagnostic procedures
- Failure to correctly interpret test results
- Failure to provide appropriate treatment for appendicitis
- Failure to notice deterioration in the patient’s condition
- Surgical errors during appendix removal
- Pre- and post-surgical infections
How appendicitis claims work
We aim to keep the process of pursuing a claim for appendicitis negligence as simple and straightforward as we can, offering empathetic support and guidance throughout while ensuring the best outcome possible.
A typical appendicitis negligence claim will involve:
- Building your case e.g. applying for medical records, collecting witness evidence and consulting independent medical experts.
- Contacting the relevant healthcare provider with the details of your claim.
- Ensuring the defendant responds to your claim in a timely fashion.
- Assessing the defendant’s response and advising you of your options.
- Negotiating with the defendant and/or using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation or independent evaluation, to secure a suitable settlement.
- Submitting your claim to the relevant court and representing you at a court hearing where required to resolve the matter.
Find out more about the process of making a clinical negligence claim.
Funding an appendicitis negligence claim
It is understandable to have questions about how you will be able to fund your appendicitis claim, but we want to offer assurance that, no matter what your financial situation is, if we believe your claim has a reasonable prospect of success, we will find a funding option that works for you.
Generally, this means you will make a claim on a no win, no fee deal, also known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’. This allows you to avoid paying anything towards your legal fees or expenses in order to start a claim, with a contribution only being required from you if your claim is successful.
The fee you pay us if your appendicitis negligence claim is successful will be based on a percentage of any settlement we secure, so you will have complete transparency from the outset and will always get the maximum benefit from any compensation we win for you.
A common alternative for funding medical negligence claims is legal expenses insurance. This is often provided as an optional extra with home insurance, as well as with some bank accounts and credit cards, so can be a choice worth considering if this is available to you.
To discuss you options for covering the cost of an appendicitis claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Find out more about funding a medical negligence claim.
Our expertise in appendicitis negligence claims
Our medical negligence lawyers provide an exceptional level of service for every client, with particular expertise and experience in appendicitis claims. We have secured millions of pounds in compensation for our medical negligence clients over the years, earning a reputation as leaders in this complicated area of the law.
Wolferstans is accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence, recognising our particular expertise in this area. We are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for excellence in legal practice management and client care.
Various members of our medical negligence team are also on the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panels and have been accredited by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) as Clinical Negligence Specialists and Brain Injury Specialists.
Common questions about claims for appendicitis negligence
Under normal circumstances, you will need to bring a claim for appendicitis negligence within 3 years of the negligence occurring. If you only find out about the negligence or its consequences later, the 3-year time limit may be applied from the point where you became aware instead.
If the claim relates to someone who was under 18 when the negligence occurred, their next of kin will have until the affected person turns 18 to make a claim for them. The claimant will then have a further 3 years to bring a claim themselves once they turn 18 if their next of kin have not already done so.
If appendicitis negligence has caused the death of a loved one, the personal representatives of the deceased’s estate normally have 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim.
Determining whether the relevant time limit has expired can be extremely complicated, so it is always worth seeking the advice of a specialist medical negligence lawyer, however long ago the negligence occurred.
How much compensation you are theoretically entitled to will depend on the seriousness of your injuries and the impact they have on your life. This is divided into special damages, for specific financial losses up to the point of compensation being awarded, and general damages, covering likely future financially losses and non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering and changes to your lifestyle.
It is important to realise, however, that the actual amount of compensation you end up receiving will be significantly influenced by the skill and experience of your legal team. The value they place on your claim will be determined by a number of factors, including how many similar cases they have previously handled.
The amount your lawyers are able to secure will then depend on how effectively they handle your case, including collecting evidence, negotiating with the defendant and their legal team, and how they represent you in court (where required).
Working with medical negligence lawyers with specific experience in appendicitis claims therefore has the potential to make a significant difference to the final amount of compensation you achieve.
To be able to claim compensation for errors in the way your appendicitis was handled, you will need to be able to show two things:
- That the medical care you received fell “below medically acceptable standards”.
- That this led directly to your injury.
A successful claim will rely on various pieces of evidence to build your case, including:
- Medical records
- Witness evidence
- Evidence from independent medical experts
Our appendicitis claims lawyers can help you gather all of the necessary evidence and put together the strongest possible case, giving you the best chance of a fair outcome for your claim.
Further information about appendicitis claims
For more information about claims for appendicitis negligence and all types of medical negligence claims, please take a look at our news, blogs and our series of helpful leaflets covering specific issues.
Start an appendicitis claim with us today
To arrange a free initial no obligation consultation and find out more about starting an appendicitis negligence claim:
To arrange your consultation please contact the new client team on 01752 648888.