Whooping Cough Misdiagnosis Claims and Compensation
What is whooping cough? Whooping cough is a highly contagious infection that affects the lungs and airways. If you or your child have been previously been misdiagnosed with another lung condition you may have suffered unnecessarily while the whooping cough continued to be untreated. This is medical negligence and you may be entitled to claim compensation for any avoidable harm, distress and pain you may have suffered. At Asons Solicitors, we can help you claim this compensation on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which is also known as a conditional fee agreement.
Have You or Your Child Been Misdiagnosed with Whooping Cough?
Although it is thought of as a children’s disease, whooping cough can occur in adults because the vaccine, previously taken during childhood, can cease to be effective after several decades and require re-inoculation. Many whooping cough sufferers are children that have been exposed to the infection, possibly because their mother was not offered a whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or through being exposed to the infection in hospital. If you or your child have been previously misdiagnosed with another, less serious lung condition, you may have suffered unnecessarily with whooping cough for an extended period and be entitled to claim damages against the NHS. The ailments that might be given as incorrect alternative diagnoses for whooping cough include:
- Reactive airway disease
- Sinus infection
- Viral syndrome
- Viral pneumonia
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Postnasal drip
- Acid reflux
- Infectious mononucleosis
How Do I Know I Can Make a Claim for Whooping Cough Misdiagnosis?
There may be grounds for a clinical negligence claim for a whooping cough misdiagnosis if the treatment given to yourself, or a baby, that is suffering with the disease was incorrect and/or inappropriate. Such treatment puts a sufferer’s health, and the health of those they come into contact with, at serious risk. There can be dire consequences if it is not properly treated, especially in babies younger than six months.
Possible complications include:
- Pneumonia: Victims of whooping cough are more likely to contract other infections
- Internal trauma: Severe coughing cause a hernia, burst blood vessels, bruises or coughing up of blood
- Brain damage: This is a rare and extreme possibility
Cases of severe pneumonia or brain damage connected with whooping cough can even cause infant death. To comply with the law, a claim should be made within three years of the medical negligence occurring. The easiest way to find out if you can make a claim for a whooping cough misdiagnosis is to contact Asons Solicitors for a free and confidential chat.
Our solicitors can provide expert claim advice in a FREE consultation if you are unsure; simply call 01204 521 133.
How Much Will I Get?
Everyon’e’s claim is entirely different, so it is difficult to advise accurately. However, our Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator may provide a rough estimate of what you may receive. These estimates are based on your injuries and also other factors, such as psychological problems and missed time at work.
‘No Win No Fee’
At Asons Solicitors, we have taken the risk out of making a claim for all of our clients, which is why over 98% of our claims are No Win No Fee. This way, we can allow everyone access to justice, regardless of their financial position. If you choose to make a claim with us, there are no upfront fees or unexpected costs, as we take on the risk for you.
More on ‘No Win, No Fee’ here.
Our Whooping Cough Compensation Claims Experience
Our professional clinical negligence solicitors are highly experienced in pursuing whooping cough claims for victims. It’s our objective to help you make a successful claim to compensate you for the distress, pain and suffering that comes from you or your child suffering with whooping cough without the appropriate treatment and medication. Our knowledgeable solicitors are on your side and investigate every detail of your case thoroughly. It is quite likely that our solicitors will have covered cases just like yours in the past, so they can focus on the most important medical, and evidential, matters from the outset, ensuring the most beneficial outcome for your whooping cough claim.
Whatever your case, we’re here to help. Errors arising from sub-standard medical care can have unfortunate consequences for patients. We understand that the detrimental effect on victims is not just in terms of health, but that it can also lead to financial difficulties when time is taken away from work to care for a child that is suffering with whooping cough. The stress from having a poorly child can also cause parents to become ill. Asons is an approachable, modern law firm that wants to make the process of beginning and pursuing a claim as smooth and simple as possible.
As with all claims, you may be concerned about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this common concern, we have devised a variety of options to assist you. We can provide all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing the resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must stress the importance in being prompt, however, as there is a statutory time limit in place of three years for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you have suffered a tragedy as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to gather all of the necessary paperwork and documentation, communicate with all the parties involved and substantiate your claim.