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Internal injuries can be very hard to diagnose, and invasive treatment is likely to be the only solution. An internal injury can be caused when something in your body has gone wrong, or by an external injury you’ve sustained.
If they are diagnosed and treated quickly, the serious consequences of internal injuries can be avoided. A delay in diagnosing and treating your internal injury could be negligent, and you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today to find out if our expert internal injuries solicitors can help you.
ERIC WAS 45 WHEN HE SUDDENLY HAD SEVERE PAIN IN HIS ABDOMEN, THE PAIN SPREAD TO HIS BACK, HE BECAME HOT AND CLAMMY AND WAS TAKEN TO ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY.
Eric was 45 when he suddenly had severe pain in his abdomen, the pain spread to his back and he became hot and clammy. His wife called an ambulance and he was taken to accident and emergency. He saw a doctor who carried out an ECG and thought there was a problem with his heart. He was admitted to a cardiology ward but died 24 hours later. The post mortem showed that he had suffered a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). This means that part of the main blood vessel from his heart had become weak and ballooned out. The weakened vessel then split and he had suffered a massive bleed.
What Happened Next
His widow pursued a claim. An expert in emergency medicine reported that Eric’s symptoms were classic of AAA. He should have been scanned and sent urgently to a surgeon. A surgeon also reported that this was a surgical emergency and that there was a 70% likelihood of surgery saving his life.
The hospital eventually admitted liability and paid damages of £325,000.
All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals
What kind of internal injury could be missed?
The unfortunate truth is that with almost any kind of surgery, there is the risk of incurring some kind of internal injury if it is not performed correctly.
Prompt diagnosis of an aortic aneurism and proper management can avoid premature and untimely death, and a failure to do so may be negligent. Similarly, whilst some surgical complications are a recognised risk of the procedure, an undiagnosed bile duct leak following gall stone surgery could lead to severe peritonitis.
No matter the injury, we are here to help. Call now and speak to one of our internal injury lawyers.
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We have dealt with many different circumstances where medical negligence has led to an internal injury being more severe than it ought to have been.
We are experts in this field and recognise the implications that such an injury can have on you and your family. We will deal with any claim in a supportive and sensitive way.0800 044 8488