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Boyes Turner’s clinical negligence team have recovered substantial compensation and settlements for clients with permanent disability caused by late diagnosed or untreated TB. Our friendly, experienced lawyers understand the impact of this life-threatening disease on both the sufferer and their family.

What is tuberculosis (TB)?

Tuberculosis or TB is a serious and contagious, bacterial infection. TB usually affects the lungs but can also infect other parts of the body, including the brain, spine, abdomen, bones and nervous system.

The infection is spread by coughing, sneezing or spitting. It can be caught by someone else inhaling drops of the infected fluid from the air. Initially, the newly infected person’s immune system may be able to deal with the disease, without causing symptoms or infecting others. This is known as latent TB. It is thought that latent TB affects around a quarter of the world’s population.

After someone is infected, they have a 5-15% lifetime risk of becoming ill with TB. People with weakened immune systems have a greater risk of developing active TB. Anyone can get TB, but the risk is increased for people who:

  • smoke;
  • drink alcohol;
  • have HIV;
  • have diabetes;
  • live in poverty with malnutrition, poor housing and sanitation.

Starting your tuberculosis negligence compensation claims

Where signs and symptoms of tuberculosis were ignored or treatment negligently delayed, we can help our clients claim the compensation they need to ease their financial hardship and meet the costs of their disability.

Money cannot buy a return to full health, but our clients welcome the help that compensation can provide in meeting the costs of adapted accommodation, private medical treatment and therapies, and specialist equipment, care and household assistance, which in turn help restore mobility and independence. Following severe disability from TB, many clients are no longer able to work. We can recover their loss of earnings as part of their claim, bringing financial security and peace of mind.

Our making a medical negligence claim guide explains the whole process.

Why choose Boyes Turner?

Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation during a tuberculosis negligence claim. We always treat clients with compassion, and outstanding care and have a deep understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injury can have on their lives.

  • We are nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers. We are recognised as leading clinical negligence experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • Our award-winning solicitors are accredited for our expertise by the Law Society, AvMA and APIL. We secure maximum compensation settlements for our clients which make the best provision for their current and future needs.
  • We have an extensive and highly experienced medical negligence team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex claims involving catastrophic injury and severe disability.

Tuberculosis (TB) negligence compensation claims frequently asked questions

How common is tuberculosis or TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) is still the world’s deadliest infectious killer however it is not easy to catch, in most healthy people the body’s immune system kills the bacteria and there are no symptoms.

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What are the symptoms and signs of tuberculosis?

The symptoms of TB will depend on whether the infection affects the lungs (pulmonary TB) or another part of the body (extrapulmonary TB).

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How is tuberculosis diagnosed?

The early symptoms of active TB may be mild, but early recognition and treatment are important. Any delays in diagnosis and treatment increase the risk of permanent injury and spread of the disease to others.

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What happens if tuberculosis is untreated?

Tuberculosis is a serious infection which requires timely treatment with antibiotics to avoid permanent injury and severe disability. Delays in treating pulmonary tuberculosis can result in incurable lung damage, restricting the affected person’s ability to breathe and causing a lifetime of coughing fits, breathlessness and chest infections. Pulmonary tuberculosis is associated with a condition caused aspergillosis, a life-threatening and debilitating condition which may require removal of the affected person’s lung. 

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What is tuberculosis negligence?

Tuberculosis negligence claims usually arise from delays in diagnosis and treatment of TB, resulting in permanent injury to the affected person. TB negligence claims against GPs may also arise from failure to refer the patient for specialist review or appropriate tests and investigations.

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What tuberculosis negligence injuries lead to a compensation claim?

Our specialist medical negligence lawyers have helped clients recover compensation after TB negligence led to:

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What compensation can I claim for disability caused by tuberculosis negligence?

We have helped clients who have been permanently disabled as a result of late diagnosed or untreated TB recover compensation for:

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Resources

  • £2 million settlement for a client who was left with significant respiratory disability after a delay of almost four years in the diagnosis and treatment of her TB (tuberculosis). The defendant hospital admitted their negligent delay but argued that most of our client’s disability was caused by her pre-existing asthma. However, they later accepted our medical expert’s opinion that the disability was caused by damage to our client’s lung as a result of the delayed treatment for TB.

  • £125,000 settlement for the bereaved, dependent family of a woman who suffered a devastating neurological injury from delayed treatment of tuberculous (TB) meningitis. Her husband asked us to pursue a claim against the GP who failed to refer her to hospital, and the hospital which delayed treatment, after another firm of solicitors had recommended that he discontinue the claim.

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Meet your specialist team

Our specialist Tuberculosis (TB) negligence compensation claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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Susan Brown

Partner

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Julie Marsh

Partner

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Richard Money-Kyrle

Partner

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Sita Soni

Senior Associate - solicitor

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Vanessa Wand

Senior associate - solicitor

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Rachel Makore

Associate - solicitor

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Tara Pileggi-Byrne

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Alpa Rana

Associate - solicitor

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Fran Rothwell

Associate solicitor

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Ben Ireland

Solicitor

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Alice Carley

Paralegal

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Nicky Melville

Paralegal

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Audrey Elmore

Medical records coordinator

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Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.

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What our clients say

"Amazing support"

Fran has been an amazing support through a very difficult time for me and my family. Always available to speak and kept me in the loop with anything happening, she has been so kind, and I thank her so much for helping and getting my mum the justice she deserved.

Ms Alison

"Honest, approachable and truly empathetic"

What has to be some of the most testing horrible times was dealt with in a dignified, honest, approachable and truly empathetic manner. I could not begin to do Susan justice for her handling of our case.

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"they kept us fully informed "

I approached Boyes Turner after my claim was turned down by one of the Medical Negligence Claim company. My wife was a victim of medical negligence.

Boyes Turner have acted so efficiently on our behalf and was able to win our case. Anytime we contact them, their customer service was very good as they kept us fully informed of every level our case has developed. They are very friendly and approachable and great in their professional advise. I would strongly recommend anyone approach them for their legal and medical negligence services.

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"Thoroughly professional, knowledgable and approachable"

Thoroughly professional, knowledgable and approachable with communication and updates as and when needed, in what can be a drawn out process, I was always comfortable asking questions and always received answers which were clear and understandable. Highly recommend

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"Amazing professional firm"

I came to Boyes Turner desperate after searching the web for a firm to use for my sons case. He was only a few months so my mind was all over the place, but from the very first point of contact I felt a sense of relieve and belonging. I was welcomed and looked after by amazing staff who always communicated everything so well and went the extra mile to explain things and ensure I understood what was happening every step of the way (THANK YOU SUSAN BROWN). Susan was amazing I felt like I not only had a solicitor but someone who understood my emotions as a mother and always handled me with so much compassion and that was all I needed to keep me going for the 6 years of the case. Years went by in a breeze because of how professional Boyes Turner was. I am so greatful I went through it all with them and mananged to get my son a good compensation. We look forward our new life where my sons needs are priority after struggling for so long. Thank you Boyes Turner and thank you Susan Brown. My family and I are ever indebted.

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