Temporal Arteritis

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Temporal Arteritis Compensation Claims

If you have developed temporal arteritis due to it being misdiagnosed or treated incorrectly, and it has affected your health as a result, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

JMW’s leading medical negligence team is here to help you understand your options and assist you in retrieving the compensation you deserve. We have many years of experience working alongside people in the same situation as you, and our rate of success, expertise and approach to our work means our team is renowned throughout the UK

To speak to a solicitor if you or your family have been affected by temporal arteritis that has not been dealt with properly by your doctor, call us on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form for a free, no-obligation conversation. Our solicitors are able to take on cases on a no win, no fee basis

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How JMW Can Help

Led by the nationally renowned solicitor Eddie Jones, our medical negligence team offers the experience and expertise necessary to secure a positive outcome for you, in what can be a very complicated area of law.

Our team includes members of the Law Society’s specialist panel for clinical negligence solicitors, as well as the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel. Accreditations like these mean you can rest assured we have the skills required to help you claim the compensation you deserve

We are well versed in pursuing compensation claims on behalf of clients who have suffered due to negligence. We will handle your case with care and sensitivity.

We offer free initial advice on making claims for medical negligence, and will assess your case without any initial cost or obligation. We are also able to handle appropriate cases using a no win, no fee agreement.

Case Studies

Failure to Diagnose Temporal Arteritis Leads to Vision Loss. Compensation: £30,000

With JMW's help a woman has received £30,000 compensation after doctors failure to diagnose Temporal Arteritis led to her losing her vision.

Grandfather loses sight due to poor hospital care - £750,000

Grandfather Andrew was left devastated after a catalogue of errors and poor care by hospital staff allowed an eyesight condition to deteriorate to such a point that he was left completely blind.

Failure to diagnose temporal arteritis - £30,000

Edwina, 56, permanently lost virtually all vision in her right eye after a GP failed to recognise that she could be suffering from temporal arteritis and send her for the appropriate blood tests. This was despite the fact that she had classic signs and was in the age category most commonly affected.


What is temporal arteritis?

Temporal arteritis (also known as giant cell arteritis) is a relatively uncommon condition where the medium-sized blood vessels around the head and scalp become inflamed. The temporal arteries, found on either side of the forehead, are particularly affected and often become very prominent

The cause of the condition is not known, but it is thought to be an autoimmune reaction that causes the body to attack its own blood vessels. Sometimes, temporal arteritis is related to other rheumatological conditions, most commonly, polymyalgia rheumatica, which is a condition affecting the shoulders and hip joints.

Who is at risk to temporal arteritis?

According to the NHS, approximately 1 in 4,500 people develop the condition every year. Most people who get temporal arteritis are over the age of 55, and it is most common in the over-75s. In addition, it is three times more common in women than men, and seven times more common in Caucasians than those of other ethnic origins

What are the symptoms of temporal arteritis?

Temporal arteritis causes the inflamed blood vessels to become narrowed, resulting in reduced blood flow. Symptoms typically associated with the condition include:

  • A severe headache on one or both sides of the forehead
  • A severe headache on one or both sides of the forehead
  • Pain in the sides of the face, made worse by chewing
  • Scalp tenderness, most apparent when brushing or combing the hair
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • General unwell feeling

The condition is initially treated with high doses of steroids, and most symptoms start to improve within a day. The dose of steroids is then gradually reduced to a maintenance dose that has to be continued for many years.

How is temporal arteritis diagnosed?

In order to confirm a diagnosis of temporal arteritis, certain tests may be performed. This includes a recording of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), which is the rate at which red blood cells sediment in an hour, and helps to test inflammation in the body. In addition, a biopsy of the swollen temporal arteries is often performed.

Talk to Us

If your temporal arteritis suffered a misdiagnosis or a delay in treatment as a result of medical negligence, speak to our solicitors about making a claim for compensation. Simply call 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form, and we will call you back at a convenient time for you.

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