Case Studies

Compensation for delayed diagnosis leading to a ruptured appendix


We advised a client on a claim for delays in the diagnosis and treatment of her appendicitis at St Helier’s Hospital in Surrey. She was admitted to the hospital with severe pain in the right iliac fossa, vomiting and a high temperature and was placed under the care of the surgical team.

Despite the suspicion of appendicitis being raised on a number of occasions, no action was taken to confirm or rule this out. Unfortunately, our client’s appendicitis progressed and her appendix ruptured causing sepsis within the abdomen.

Surgery was eventually performed some five days after her admission. Due to the delays in diagnosing the appendicitis, our client had to undergo open surgery and required treatment in intensive care post-operatively.


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