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Infective Endocarditis Compensation

Have you been diagnosed with infective endocarditis? How long did it take for medical professionals to recognise and diagnose your symptoms? If you feel that you have received negligent treatment contact us NOW

What is infective endocarditis?

Infective endocarditis may also be referred to as bacterial endocarditis. It is a very serious, potentially life-threatening bacterial infection affecting the heart. Unfortunately, if it is misdiagnosed and treatment is delayed, the impact upon the sufferer may be huge. For example, they may subsequently suffer from heart failure or a stroke.

If you are concerned about the treatment you or your loved one received for infective endocarditis, please contact us.

How Could Endocarditis be Prevented?

Endocarditis sometimes occurs, in rare instances, following dental treatment. It is most likely to affect those who are at a predisposed risk for the disease.

In the UK antibiotics are not routinely recommended or prescribed before invasive dental procedures. This happens even when patients are known to be directly at risk of developing infective endocarditis.

The UK guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) vary from the US and European guidelines. The US and European guidelines continue to recommend antibiotics before high-risk dental procedures (eg, extractions/root canal treatment) in high-risk patients.

Despite published research highlighting the rising prevalence of infective endocarditis in England since introduction of the 2008 guidelines; NICE have recently re-affirmed their position maintaining that “antibiotics are not effective for preventing infective endocarditis.” They suggest that there was no evidence within the research to suggest a direct link between falling antibiotic prescriptions with the snowballing rise of infective endocarditis in recent years.

The Importance of Early Surgical Intervention

Whilst the debate about antibiotics and infective endocarditis rumbles on, what we do know is that endocarditis can cause serious damage to a patient’s heart. Approximately 25% of people diagnosed with endocarditis end up requiring heart surgery, which may even result in a patient requiring a mechanical valve and medication for life. Early surgical intervention is associated with a considerably lower mortality rate in patients with infective endocarditis, not least because a person who needs surgery will usually be very ill, to begin with.

Despite the best efforts of surgical teams, it is estimated 1 in 10 people will die during or shortly after surgery for endocarditis.

Case Study: £600,000+ in Compensation

We successfully recovered over £600,000 for an individual who, despite their known risk of infective endocarditis, was still treated negligently. Read the full case study here.

Our Client had a known risk of infective endocarditis. However, no antibiotics were prescribed before invasive dental treatment. After treatment our Client began to feel unwell. Despite multiple visits to her GP with terrible symptoms, she was not referred to a hospital.

The delay in diagnosis of infective endocarditis led to our Client suffering a stroke with life-changing results.

How can we help?

Our team of specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors specialise in dealing with claims arising from the negligent treatment or delayed diagnosis of infective endocarditis.

We understand that it vital for medical professionals to diagnose the symptoms of endocarditis as early as possible. Failure to do so can result in significant injury to the patient or, in some circumstances, death.

We offer free initial advice, with zero obligation to continue your claim with us. You can contact us by calling 01244 354688, or by filling in our contact form.

Do you have a potential medical negligence claim?

Please contact us for advice if you feel you have suffered any form of negligent medical treatment or negligent dental treatment. Our specialist team of solicitors are always happy to help.

For free advice from our Medical Negligence solicitors, please call us direct on 01244 354688

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Linda Schermer

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Liz Fry

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Jyoati Chada

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Chloe Rheade

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Martyn Elliott

Medical Negligence Solicitor