Crohn's Disease Misdiagnosis Claims

If you have suffered due to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Our specialist clinical negligence solicitors are highly experienced in helping people like you to rebuild their lives by securing for them the compensation to which they were entitled. 

Get in touch with JMW Solicitors today to discuss your Crohn’s disease misdiagnosis. Simply call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back at a convenient time. We handle cases on a no win, no fee basis. 

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How JMW Can Help 

Our medical negligence team, headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones, is renowned around the UK for its ability to secure favourable outcomes for clients. Our team includes members of the Law Society’s specialist panel of clinical negligence solicitors and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel of solicitors. 

If you have suffered due to a Crohn’s misdiagnosis, we can provide the legal assistance you require to make a successful claim for compensation. Our aim is to secure you the funds you need to move forward with your life, whether to help pay for treatment, or to make necessary adjustments to your lifestyle. 

We are highly experienced in handling misdiagnosis claims and have the skills and professionalism required to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. 

Case Studies

Fatality Following Negligent Crohn's Disease Surgery - £90,000

A widower has received £90,000 compensation after the tragic death of his wife following negligent care by medical professionals during Crohn’s surgery.

The illness and surgery

Carol had a history of Crohn's disease and in the past had undergone a right colectomy. By the time she was 56 years old, it was noted that there was a recurrent Crohn's mass in the right iliac fossa and it was decided to proceed to surgery to resection the bowel.

Carol underwent excision of recurrent Crohn's mass with anastomosis between the ileum and descending colon at her local hospital. Minor adhesions were noted from the previous operation. No difficulties were described.

Ten days after the original surgery, Carol underwent a CT scan that indicated a massive abdominal collection. The next day she underwent a laparotomy. The operation note recorded the presence of faecal peritonitis, which was secondary to perforation of the terminal ileum 20cm proximal to the anastomosis. It was noted that the perforation was at the site of a Vicryl suture. The operator presumed that during the previous surgery, a hole had been made at the site that had been closed with Vicryl suture.

Post-operative problems

Post-operatively, Carol had a difficult recovery. She was discharged back to the intensive care unit at her local hospital two weeks after the laparotomy. A month later, Carol was found to be unresponsive and unconscious, and had to be resuscitated. Two months later, Carol again required resuscitation and was transferred to the HDU (High Dependency Unit). In the weeks following this, she suffered two respiratory arrests and a cardiac arrest. She had CPR, was intubated and ventilated.

Almost five months after the original surgery, Carol was discharged from the HDU back to the ward, and eventually she was discharged from hospital after a period of 347 days.

A CT scan revealed two areas of damage to Carol's brain, thought likely to be due to infarction. Three years after the surgery, she was admitted to hospital with increasing shortness of breath and collapsed. She had a sudden decline and was unresponsive. The cause of death was given as bronchopneumonia.

The claim

JMW claimed that the surgery performed for the excision of the recurrent Crohn's disease mass was performed negligently. In particular, the bowel was perforated at a site some 20cm from the anastomosis. It was also alleged that the subsequent misplacement of a nasogastric tube led to Carol suffering a respiratory and cardiac arrest, thus causing brain damage.

Although the hospital denied liability, the claim was settled and Carol’s husband received £90,000 compensation.

Misdiagnosis of Crohn's Disease - £18,000

A 22-year-old man who suffered because of misdiagnosis of Crohn's Disease has been awarded £18,000 compensation thanks to the help of JMW.

Hospital referral

Mark, a plasterer, attended his GP complaining of stomach pains after food, which had been increasingly worse over the preceding two months and he had suffered weight loss. He was referred to hospital as a matter of urgency. Mark underwent a gastroscopy and a differential diagnosis of celiac or Crohn's Disease was made. A week later he experienced sudden severe epigastric pain with vomiting and was readmitted to hospital.

Missed Crohn's disease

Two weeks later, Mark underwent a barium meal and follow-through examination, which was interpreted as showing normal appearances. Mark's consultant subsequently wrote to his GP noting that barium follow-through and duodenal biopsy showed no change specific for Crohn's disease. He noted that the final diagnosis was uncertain, but one could not completely exclude a diagnosis of Crohn's disease.

In the following months, Mark continued to attend the GP with gastrointestinal symptoms. After six months, due to ongoing ill health, the gastroenterologist arranged for Mark to have a white cell scan. The isotope scan yielded an abnormal result suggestive of Crohn's disease. Mark was started on medication called Pentasa.

Getting a second opinion

As his symptoms continued, Mark asked for a second opinion. Mark was referred to a locum gastroenterologist who saw him just over 12 months after his initial referral to hospital. Mark was started on Prednisolone. The locum consultant indicated it would be best to treat him for presumed small intestinal Crohn's disease. In addition, the locum consultant reviewed the barium meal study noting an abnormality in the terminal ileum consistent with Crohn's disease, which was previously unreported.

Mark continued on Prednisolone and subsequently Azathioprine and his condition improved to the extent that he was able to return to work.

How we helped

JMW Solicitors alleged that the barium meal was incorrectly interpreted. Had the barium meal investigation been corrected, this would have led to a more effective treatment, such as oral steroids or even surgery.

The hospital admitted that the treatment was negligent and the claim was settled. Mark received £18,000 compensation for his pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

FAQs

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system. It most commonly occurs either in the colon or the ileum, which is the last section of the small intestine, although it can affect anywhere along the digestive tract. 

Crohn’s is a long-term condition, which can have various unwelcome symptoms, including: 

  • Abdominal pain 
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Fatigue 
  • Unintended weight loss 

If a medical professional fails to identify the disease, and this leads to a longer period of suffering than is necessary, you may be entitled to compensation. 

What are the causes of Crohn’s disease? 

There is no known cause of Crohn’s disease but certain factors are believed to contribute to it. These factors include: 

  • Problems with your immune system 
  • Genes inherited from your parents 
  • An abnormal response to a previous infection 
  • Smoking (can make symptoms more severe) 
  • Where you live (it is more common in western countries, such as the UK, than in poorer parts of the world) 

What treatment is available for Crohn’s disease? 

There is no known cure for Crohn’s disease at present, but treatment is administered in an attempt to relieve symptoms. It can also help to prevent the inflammatory process and can, where possible, prevent a sufferer from having to undergo surgery. 

Treatment can take various forms and can include:

  • Steroid medication (these are called corticosteroids)
  • Immunosuppressants to suppress the immune system
  • Inflammation-reducing medication
  • Removal of the inflamed section of the intestine through surgery

A medical professional should be able to spot the symptoms, correctly diagnose the condition, and should be able to recommend and administer the correct treatment. If this has not happened and it has led to your further suffering, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation. 
 

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Contact our clinical negligence solicitors today for advice if you or a loved one have been impacted by a Crohn’s disease misdiagnosis. We can help you claim the compensation you deserve on a no win, no fee basis. Contact us by calling 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is convenient for you. 

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