New Jersey Appendicitis Malpractice Attorneys
Did Your Appendicitis Go Untreated?
When the appendix becomes unsafely inflamed, also called appendicitis, it can require immediate surgical removal. Even though the time to help an appendicitis patient is narrow, medical practitioners must still act with the utmost care and caution. If a medical mistake occurred while you were being treated for appendicitis, and you were hurt because of it, then you might have a medical malpractice claim to pursue. The same is true if you were suffering from appendicitis but were misdiagnosed.
Simonson Goodman Platzer PC in New Jersey offers comprehensive legal counsel for people who have been harmed due to appendicitis malpractice and their families. With our extensive legal experience and significant firm resources, we can file a claim against any medical professional, institution, or hospital group in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Across our 100+ years of combined practice history, our team has maintained a 98% success rate, including medical malpractice cases that went to trial. With your future well-being and finances on the line, we think it is clear why you should trust your appendicitis malpractice claim with us.
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- What is Appendicitis?
- Forms of Appendicitis Malpractice
- How Do You Prove Malpractice?
- What to Do After Malpractice?
- 100+ Years of Combined Experience
Appendicitis is a severe inflammation of the appendix, which is a small organ in the lower intestinal tract. The condition can gradually form, or it can have sudden-onset symptoms with virtually no warning.
Common symptoms of appendicitis include:
- Severe pain in the lower right abdomen
- Increasing pain when walking or coughing
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Abdominal bloating
- Constipation and/or lost appetite
- Unexplained fever
- Excessive flatulence
Appendicitis should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible because the condition can become life-threatening if allowed to worsen. Treatments for appendicitis can begin with antibiotics if symptoms are mild. However, the appendix is an organ with no medically understood purpose, so it is usually removed entirely when it becomes inflamed through a surgical procedure called an appendectomy.
Modern medicine and equipment allow medical professionals to accurately diagnose appendicitis within hours or even less time. A quick diagnosis is essential because the risks of the appendix bursting and causing a potentially fatal blood infection or sepsis increase sharply after appendicitis symptoms first appear. Despite medical technology’s recent advancements, appendicitis malpractice still occurs at a shockingly high rate, with some medical journals estimating nearly 25% of people with appendicitis will experience some form of malpractice or mistreatment.
Four common forms of appendicitis malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis: Appendicitis shares symptoms with various, less severe conditions. Doctors who do not want to use the full array of diagnostic tools available to them might misdiagnose the condition as something else like constipation and send the patient home with no treatment.
- Late diagnosis: Correctly diagnosing appendicitis but doing so too late can cause serious harm to the patient. Misusing diagnostic tools and following an improper order of triage in an emergency department can cause late diagnoses.
- Surgical errors: Appendectomy procedures are relatively common with hundreds of thousands of Americans suffering from appendicitis each year. The “routineness” of the surgery might lull a surgeon into a sense of false complacency, increasing the risk of a dangerous surgical error during the procedure.
- Unnecessary appendectomy: In some cases, an appendectomy is not required to treat appendicitis, only antibiotics. If an appendectomy is performed but was not necessary, and the patient suffers complications because of it, then malpractice will be more likely.
In many cases, appendicitis malpractice will result in the prolonged suffering of the patient, and it might also cause lasting pain and symptoms. In a worst-case scenario, failing to safely and timely perform an appendectomy can result in a patient’s death.
Proving appendicitis malpractice can be difficult. The basis of any medical malpractice case is to prove that the medical provider acted outside of accepted medical standards and in a way that another reasonable medical practitioner would not have done in the same situation. To prove such an argument, strong evidence will be required.
Two of the best forms of evidence in an appendicitis malpractice claim can be:
- Your medical records that detail your treatment, especially if you were misdiagnosed or received delayed medical care.
- Testimony from a third-party medical expert like an emergency room surgeon who knows the proper way to perform an appendectomy.
If you or a loved one have suffered from appendicitis malpractice, then the first thing you should do is seek further medical attention if necessary. Afterward, you should consult with one of our attorneys about your legal options, as well as request a copy of your medical record from your healthcare provider. Our legal team can use the medical record as a starting point for the investigation into your case and mistreatment. If we believe you have a legally sound claim, then we will tell you the best way to proceed from there.
Simonson Goodman Platzer PC is here to help with your appendicitis malpractice or misdiagnosis claim in New Jersey. We know that you are going through a lot right now due to the mistakes of a medical professional or institution. Let us handle the case from top to bottom, so you can focus on recuperating. To get answers to any questions about your legal rights and the compensation that might be owed to you, please call (800) 817-5029. We accept calls 24/7.
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