What Is Swine Flu?
Swine flu is a relatively new strain of influenza which caused a pandemic during the years 2009-10. Similar to other types of seasonal flu, symptoms of swine flu are typically a fever or high temperature in sufferers, who may also have aching muscles, a sore throat or a dry cough. Although the pandemic turned out to be far milder than predicted, several more serious cases were misdiagnosed as swine flu, causing numerous complications and costs. If this applies to you, you may be able to make a claim.
How Do You Diagnose Swine Flu?
The only reliable way to diagnose swine flu is with laboratory testing, which accurately discerns the presence of the virus, but takes time to undergo. As the strain of flu became more widespread during the 2010 swine flu outbreak, the NHS found themselves unable to cope with the demand.
As a result, diagnoses had to be made using only anobservation of a patient’s symptoms, leaving medical professionals to make a brief “educated guess” as to whether or not the patient was suffering from swine flu. Unsurprisingly, cases of misdiagnosis were widespread, causing some people significant health problems.
At the height of the pandemic, those patients suspected to be suffering with swine flu symptoms were advised not to attend surgeries for fear of further spreading the disease. NHS call centres were established to manage the vast amount of potential sufferers, and could provide people access to medical advice without leaving their home. Suspected virus carriers were prescribed Tamiflu to treat their illness.
Although swine flu was successfully treated in the most part (as proven by the swift end to the pandemic), there have been cases of misdiagnosis where people have suffered serious consequences; complications of delayed treatment including, in the worst cases, fatalities. Several concerns have been raised by health care professionals about the potentially serious mistakes made when attempting to diagnose someone over the telephone.
Our Swine Flu Misdiagnosis Claims Experience
Errors arising from cases of swine flu misdiagnosis may hold dire repercussions for patients. At Asons, we understand what clinical negligence is, and the detrimental effect it has on victims. The consequences may not just be physical – potential financial difficulties where time is taken off work for a false diagnosis must also be considered, and the ensuing stress could elicit negative psychological consequences.
We know that victims are often hesitant to come forward with their claims. As medical negligence solicitors, it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this common concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you. We help acquire all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to collate all of the appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved, substantiating your claim.