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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose mental illness


    Mental illness comes in many forms and can be extremely debilitating for the sufferer. Depression, anxiety, stress, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia are all examples of different types of mental illness, all of which can affect daily life adversely. Psychotic disorders (e.g. schizophrenia) are among the most serious of mental illnesses and are commonly treated with medication. However, some can be treated with medication, psychiatric care, therapy or a combination of treatments. Diagnosis of a mental illness can be difficult as a patient may be suffering from a combination of disorders and the range of symptoms is extremely varied. Many patients benefit from self-help or peer support. Some illnesses have symptoms which are exhibited among those with other disorders; therefore any suspected mental illness patient will commonly be referred to see a specialist. The best treatment method will then be determined for that patient. Often medication is prescribed on a trial basis as many patients react differently to different types of medication. This means that medication strength may be lowered or increased depending on its effects. Failure to diagnose mental illness can have serious repercussions for the sufferer but you needn’t suffer in silence.

    Compensation for failure to diagnose

    Failure to diagnose mental illness could result in very serious consequences as many of these conditions can be debilitating. Failure to diagnose depression could lead to suicidal thoughts or failure to spot a patient with schizophrenia could lead to someone harming themselves or others. Some patients may fail to hold down a job or they may suffer adverse effects from medication prescribed for another disorder. This could lead to injury and progression of an illness therefore you may be entitled to claim for compensation if this has happened to you or a family member. Where there is evidence of negligence if a practitioner has failed to diagnose a mental illness, call Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.

    Contacting us to make a claim

    A failure to diagnosis comes under medical negligence and Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim when there is evidence someone else was at fault. Each case is unique so just call our free 24-hour helpline to be referred to an expert in this field and we will give you some no-obligation advice regarding your claim. If your GP, a specialist or any other medical practitioner has failed to diagnose your condition and you suffered because of this, you will be able to make a claim for a cash sum to help you cope with loss of wages and any other financial difficulties you may have sustained.

    Date Published: July 11, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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