Anyone who has suffered from acute appendicitis is aware of exactly how dangerous and painful it can be. If left untreated, a ruptured appendix can lead to serious injury or even death. When treated recognized early and treated appropriately, most people will just be left with painful memories and a small scar.
When doctors or other health care professionals delay or fail to diagnose acute appendicitis and the patient suffers serious injuries or death as a result, the patient may be entitled to a monetary recovery to compensate the patient for the doctor’s medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has suffered from a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of appendicitis, call the lawyers at Melrose Law today at 800-222-2430 for a free case evaluation. You do not pay us anything unless we recover damages for you.
Mark Melrose has 27+ years of experience handling claims against doctors and hospitals.
At Melrose Law we have handled many successful cases where patients, both adults and children, are misdiagnosed when suffering from acute appendicitis. Simply put, appendicitis is an infection. An acute infection is one that progresses quickly over the course of a day or so. If left untreated, the infected appendix will continue to deteriorate, and eventually rupture or perforate. If the infection is recognized before the appendix ruptures, it can be removed with a routine laparoscopic appendix surgery.
If instead the appendix perforates or ruptures, the condition becomes a devastating and even life threatening infection. Unless caught immediately, it is common for a ruptured appendix to lead to abdominal peritonitis which can lead to sepsis. Patients who are misdiagnosed in the emergency room or by their family physician often suffer prolonged hospitalizations, and usually end up with an open large laparotomy incision running vertically up their entire stomach. There are often later hernias and certainly disfigurement as a result of this much more serious, painful, and involved surgical procedure.
Most acute appendicitis misdiagnosis are due to subpar physical exams or testing. Inadequate physical exams can lead to incorrect diagnosis such as generalized abdominal pain, urinary tract infections, ulcers, or other less serious physical conditions. At times, a delay in treatment or misdiagnosis can occur due to atypical symptoms.
Medical malpractice lawsuits for a delay in treatment or misdiagnosis of an appendix injury can be difficult to prove, as the doctors and hopsitals have powerful insurance companies whose entire purpose is to deny you the compensation that you are entitled to receive as a result of the doctor’s negligence. It is imparitive that you reach out to an medical malpractice law firm with experience handling acute appendicitis lawsuits.
To get a free case evaluation from Melrose Law, call 800- 222-2430. You may also contact us online. We do not collect legal fees unless we recover damages for you. We have two convenient North Carolina locations in Asheville (by appointment only) and Waynesville.