Gastroenterology And Gastrointestinal Claims

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Gastroenterology And Gastrointestinal Claims

The Institute of Medicine (IOM; now a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) published a comprehensive report on the problem of diagnostic errors in the outpatient setting in 2015, suggesting that the overall rate of diagnostic error is about 5%, or 1 in 20 adults, annually. Further, it is suggested that about half of these errors are potentially harmful.

Many potential diagnoses face the Gastroenterologist such as:-

  • Celiac Disease
  • Colon Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Digestion
  • Heartburn
  • Haemorrhoids

When a correct diagnosis is made, upper or lower Gastro-intestinal (GI) surgery may be required. GI endoscopy has now been part of conventional medical practice for over thirty years following the development of useable flexible fibre-optic endoscopes in the early 1970s. Initially just used for diagnostic examination of the upper GI tract with biopsies, the technique was initially extended to the lower GI tract and then began the expansion of therapeutic techniques which continues to the present time.

Common complications of surgery include:-

  • Cardio-pulmonary and sedation-related complications
  • Complications specific to diagnostic and therapeutic upper gastro-intestinal (GI) endoscopy
  • Complications specific to diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy.
  • Complications specific to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Complications of insertion of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomies (PEG).

If you think you have been adversely affected by negligent treatment, we would be only too happy to assist. At Thomson & Bancks, our medical negligence specialists will deal sensitively and efficiently with your claim for compensation or that brought on behalf of a loved one’s Estate. The civil law attempts to place people back in the same place as they would have been had they not been injured by a medical mistake or left untreated so they have not fully recovered as they should have done.

Where that is not possible, an increasing amount of damages are payable for where the consequences have been more serious for you. Also, financial losses caused by the injury or non-recovery of your condition are claimable, for instance, if you are not able to return to work or require extra services because of a resulting disability which would have been avoided had there been no negligence.

If you or your family have been affected by medical negligence, please call our specialist Solicitor, Lucy Sherry, on 01242 235250 to find out if you may have a claim. We will offer you a first free interview to learn about the next steps and our ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements for funding your legal claim.

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