Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (commonly referred to as ADHD) is a behavioural disorder which causes symptoms of restlessness, fidgeting, an inability to concentrate and a short attention span. Sufferers also have episodes of over-activity and can be impulsive.
The disorder is most commonly diagnosed at an early age and can be accompanied by learning disorders and/or anxiety disorders. ADHD affects 2 to 5% of young people in the UK, making it the most common behavioural disorder, but it is still unclear what the underlying causes are for the condition. Some people may struggle with social interactions, making school or nursery difficult, and many will struggle to carry out instructions.
As adulthood approaches, many ADHD sufferers may have problems with substance abuse or alcohol. Misdiagnosis of this condition could lead to prescription of the wrong medication, which could affect the sufferer adversely. An ADHD sufferer could be diagnosed with another disorder or a non-sufferer may be diagnosed with ADHD. This could lead to any number of problems, as the patient may be suffering from another disorder which is not being controlled or they are affected badly by the medication prescribed incorrectly.
Medical misdiagnosis and negligence
ADHD misdiagnosis can occur when a child is particularly misbehaving or hyperactive. As there are a range of symptoms for the condition, some of which may not be present in you or your child, it can be difficult to diagnose. However, if your doctor has prescribed medication without thorough examination or you have failed to be referred to a specialist, you may be entitled to compensation if there is evidence of negligence. Similarly, you may be able to make a claim if you have suffered side-effects from ADHD medication and have discovered you were misdiagnosed with the condition.
How to claim for ADHD misdiagnosis
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can assist you with making a compensation claim when you or your child have suffered a medical misdiagnosis. As a law firm who have been in business for many years, we have helped thousands of victims of medical negligence to claim the compensation they deserve.
Just call our free 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice from one of our solicitors regarding your case. We operate on a no win no fee* basis, so you can pursue your case without worrying about getting into financial difficulty. Provided you have evidence of negligence and the medical misdiagnosis occurred within the last three years, we can take you step by step through the process of pursuing compensation from the party at fault.
Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.