Delay in diagnosing internal trauma injury
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By their nature, internal trauma injuries can be difficult to diagnose, but the effect of late diagnosis can be devastating. Internal bleeding and organ or blood vessel damage are particularly dangerous, as is brain damage. Internal trauma injuries are a frequent consequence of high impact incidents, such as road accidents, falls or violent assaults.
Difficulties in diagnosis
Intensive care and surgery are usually required to treat such injuries and time is of the essence if the best outcome if to be achieved. Despite the difficulties in diagnosis that they sometimes present, internal trauma injuries are something that doctors are trained to look out for when presented with a patient following an accident or assault and the failure of medical professionals to do so can be considered negligent.
If you have been affected in some way by the failure to properly diagnose internal injuries, you may have a medical negligence claim and should seek legal advice.
Can I sue the NHS?
Before making a claim it is worth taking note of the following point.
Check that your medical issues are grounds for negligence, and not a simple complaint procedure. Complaints about procedure dissatisfaction, or seeking an apology / admission for lack of care / treatment should go to PALS. Read more about suing the nhs.
When you might have a claim
Injury, continuous pain or loss due to the act of a practitioner or general lack of care at the NHS is an entirely different matter. You might very well have a claim. The duty of care might have been breached meaning the health care professional/s did not provide the expected level of care. If you believe you deserve compensation you may have a medical negligence claim. Read more about how to claim against the NHS here.