98% of our Clinical & Medical Negligence Claims are funded by a No Win No Fee agreement, which is formally called a Conditional Fee Agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.
Slater and Gordon’s Medical Negligence Solicitors have many years expertise in complex claims where doctors have failed to diagnose a ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).
We can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in England, Scotland or Wales. We also offer hospital and home visits for people who cannot come to one of our offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Preston and Watford.
We offer a free consultation and can tell you if your claim can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis.
Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK charity for patient safety and justice, and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
The heart pumps blood upwards along the ascending aorta, around a curve and then downwards along the descending aorta. Where the wall of the aorta becomes weak it can stretch and weaken (like a balloon inflating) to form an aneurysm. Pressure from the blood can then burst that wall. This is known as a ruptured aortic aneurysm. The condition is an emergency. If the patient is to survive the rupture must be diagnosed without delay and repaired by surgeons. Surgery can be very successful but prompt action is key.
More men develop aortic aneurysms to women and most are over 40. Warning signs are sudden pain in the abdomen spreading to the back, collapse, vomiting, falling blood pressure and a rapid pulse.
Accident and Emergency doctors must be able to recognise the signs, arrange CT or ultrasound scans and then refer to surgeons urgently. Provided the aneurysm can be repaired and the procedure is done quickly, surgery usually saves lives.
Unfortunately errors in diagnosis can happen. Doctors may fail to spot the condition, confuse it with something else, fail to do the right investigations or not involve surgeons quickly. Mistakes are catastrophic. A patient who is not properly treated may die within hours.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have a track record in recovering damages where patients have died as a result of hospital errors leaving the condition undiagnosed or not treated. In some cases the amounts of compensation paid out have been substantial. In these difficult, complex and often tragic cases it's important to know that your Solicitors have the expertise to help you.