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Our hepatitis solicitors operate the no win no fee scheme which is totally without risk. You only pay legal charges if the case is won. There are no upfront charges to pay whatsoever. If you would like to discuss your potential compensation claim with a specialist medical negligence solicitor just complete the contact form or email our lawyers offices or use the solicitors helpline. Once you have provided sufficient information you will speak with a hepatitis solicitor who will advise you on the prospects of success for your claim and an estimated amount of compensation that may be awarded. Our advice is totally without cost and there is no further obligation to use our legal services. Do yourself justice and give us a call.

Our hepatitis solicitors have offices situated in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, and Sydney.

Hepatitis Overview

Hepatitis involves inflammation of the liver from any source. The main cause of hepatitis is viral hepatitis or there can be hepatitis from bacterial or parasitic sources. There can be liver damage from poisonous mushrooms or from alcohol use. An overdose of Tylenol can cause hepatitis and fatal liver failure. You can also have hepatitis from autoimmune causes.

There are certain medications that cause liver damage including levodopa, sodium valpoate, phenytoin and isoniazid. Certain antibiotics such as sulfa drugs and erythromycin can damage the liver function. People with Wilson's disease or cystic fibrosis-hereditary conditions-are at greater risk of hepatitis.

Hepatitis can be acute hepatitis, in which it lasts a short period of time, or chronic hepatitis, that lasts an indefinite period of time. Chronic hepatitis can lead to liver failure, chronic liver damage or liver cancer. Hepatitis can be mild or severe, depending on the cause of the disease.

Common risk factors for hepatitis include IV drug abuse, eating foods contaminates with hepatitis A, taking too much acetaminophen, having unprotected intercourse with multiple partners, travelling to an area where certain diseases are common, living in a nursing home or rehab centre or having a family member who has had hepatitis A. Abusing alcohol places you at risk for hepatitis and having an organ transplant puts you at risk. If you have an HIV disease, you can get hepatitis or if you had a blood transfusion before 1990. If you are a newborn who has a mother with hepatitis B or C, you can get hepatitis and if you are a healthcare worker or get a tattoo, you can get viral hepatitis.

Symptoms of hepatitis are the same regardless of the type of hepatitis you get. These can include right upper quadrant abdominal pain or bloating of the abdomen, having breast development in males, having clay coloured stools or dark urine, fatigue, jaundice, generalized itching, low grade fever, loss of appetite, low grade fever, nausea or vomiting and weight loss.

Doctors can test for hepatitis by doing serology for the various viruses that can cause hepatitis. An exam will show a distended and tender liver. There can be ascites or fluid collection in the abdomen. Liver function studies are often elevated and an abdominal ultrasound can show an enlarged liver. Doctors often check for autoimmune markers in case these are causes of hepatitis. A liver biopsy can be done to see how severe the liver damage is.

The treatment of liver hepatitis is often supportive. If you're losing weight, doctors will give you a high calorie diet. Protein is not recommended with a diagnosis of hepatitis. If there is a high ammonia level, there are ways to lower this so that there isn't a change in mental capacity or hepatitis-related coma.

The prognosis of liver hepatitis depends on what is causing the disease. Most people recover full although it often takes several months for the liver function tests to normalize. If you have hepatitis C, up to 80 percent go from acute hepatitis to chronic hepatitis and liver damage or failure. In fact, hepatitis C is the primary reason why people have a liver transplant in the US.

Complications of hepatitis include developing liver damage, liver failure and eventually liver cancer. You can get an infection of the abdomen, which can be fatal. You can also develop oesophageal varices, which are severe varicose veins of the oesophagus from blood backup in the liver.

Prevention of hepatitis includes getting vaccines against hepatitis A or hepatitis B. Hepatitis B vaccinations are currently given to all children under the age of 18. If you have been exposed to these viruses, you can get immunoglobulin to preven

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here