Can I Claim Compensation for a Delay in Crohn’s Disease Diagnosis?

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Kate Sweeney

Head of Clinical Negligence

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Crohn’s disease affects people of all ages and can be a long-term infection where parts of the digestive system become inflamed. If left untreated it can be life threatening and anyone showing symptoms may need surgery as a matter of urgency.

It is incredibly common and Crohn’s & Colitis UK new research shows that 1 in 123 people in the UK are living with this disease. Over a half a million individuals suffer with this condition in total, meaning that it is a growing issue that should be dealt with appropriately.

Failure to do so could prevent an uncontrolled perforation or rupture of the bowel and the subsequent development of an infection of sepsis. Over 11 million people are thought to die needlessly from sepsis in the world every year. Those who survive suffer from debilitating symptoms for many years.

Unfortunately, there are cases where people have delays to their diagnosis and the necessary treatment or been misdiagnosed. A delayed or incorrect diagnosis could equate to negligence and you may be able to bring a medical negligence claim against the GP, hospital/trust who were responsible. Our team could advise you with a free case assessment and a plan to help getting your life back on track – just reach out.

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What are the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease?

The main symptoms are:

    • Diarrhoea
    • Stomach aches and cramps
    • Blood in your stool
    • Tiredness
    • Weight loss

If you think you might have Crohn’s disease you should see your GP straight away. They may arrange to carry out some tests on you and refer you to a specialist. Sometimes people who have developed Crohn’s disease have been misdiagnosed, causing even more pain and suffering. If you are not provided with the necessary treatment or if it is unreasonably delayed, you could suffer much more serious consequences.

If this has happened to you or a loved one, our specialist team of Medical Negligence Solicitors can help get you the compensation you deserve. Anyone can get Crohn’s disease, even your children and we can act for them too.

The exact cause is unknown but according to the NHS several things could play a key role. These include:

      • Your genes
      • A problem with your immune system
      • Smoking
      • A previous stomach bug
      • An abnormal balance of gut bacteria

What the Research Says

According to a recent study, some people experience symptoms of Crohn’s up to 10 years before they are formally diagnosed. It was found that delayed diagnosis may be due to it being mistaken for other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and haemorrhoids. Some people also waited a significant amount of time before being able to see a specialist though, it is believed these waiting lists are now much shorter.

Can you Help Speed up the Claims Process?

The time it takes for a claim can vary, however if the other party admits liability we can often apply for interim payments before you case reaches its conclusion. These can be especially useful for you to pay for ongoing medical treatment, support, and any equipment you may need. They can also be used as financial support if you are unable to work. You should remember though that any interim payments will be deducted from your final award.

If you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease later than you should have been or not referred for further checks quickly enough, our Medical Negligence Solicitors can help you claim compensation.

No amount of money can fully make up for what you’ve been through, but it can help you get the care, support, and rehabilitation you need. Find out about interim payments below.

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If you’ve been affected by clinical or medical negligence, you could claim compensation. Our specialist Medical Negligence Solicitors can offer you a Free Claims Assessment and help guide you through the process of making a medical claim.

We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation for people who have suffered because of medical negligence. We’ve also helped them access the specialist care, treatment and rehabilitation they need to start to rebuild their lives.

We understand that taking legal action can be daunting, but we pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive approach. When you come to us, you can expect a personal service tailored to you and your needs, just call us on 0808 258 4411 to begin your journey.


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Simpson Millar Solicitors. (n.d.). Medical Negligence Solicitors. /medical-negligence-solicitors/

European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO). (2021). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the quality of life and healthcare of patients with inflammatory bowel disease: A retrospective study.

Simpson Millar Solicitors. (n.d.). Interim Payments in Personal Injury Claims Explained. /media/personal-injury/interim-payments-in-personal-injury-claims-explained/

Kate Sweeney

Head of Clinical Negligence

Areas of Expertise:
Medical Negligence

Kate has extensive experience both in leadership and in the field of Personal Injury. She has 10 years of experience in Clinical Negligence where she handled a wide range of client files as well as managing and growing the team. For the last 16 years, Kate has worked in the area of Personal Injury, leading the team alongside managing a small caseload.

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