Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is the name for a range of behavioural problems which can include hyperactivity, inattentiveness and impulsiveness. ADHD is usually spotted at an early age, with most children being diagnosed between the ages of six and 12. It is estimated that around 2% to 5% of school-age children are affected by ADHD. Symptoms of the condition can include:
- Inability to concentrate/short attention span
- Impulsive behavioural
- Fidgeting or restlessness
Children or young adults with ADHD may also have anxiety and sleep problems. If you are concerned your child may have ADHD, you should see your GP, who may advise monitoring their symptoms or may refer you to a specialist. Your child may need to see a paediatrician, psychiatrist or occupational therapist who will look at their physical symptoms as well as reports from teachers and any other significant people in their lives. Children will normally need to have been displaying symptoms continuously for six months in order for a diagnosis of ADHD to be made. Failure to diagnose ADHD could have serious consequences for any child; their education could be affected and home life could be made more difficult if they do not get the treatment they need.
Has your child suffered as a result of medical negligence?
If your child has suffered as a result of failure to diagnose ADHD, you are probably feeling angry and frustrated. A delay in diagnosis usually means a delay in treating the condition. This can impact on all areas of your child’s life and can cause considerable problems at home, at school and in social situations. If you feel that your GP has acted negligently and failed to make a diagnosis when one should have been made, there are steps you can take. Contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you could claim compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today
It is worth calling Accident Advice Helpline today to see if you could have a viable claim for compensation. We’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds, and we have many years of experience in the personal injury industry, so our team of professional personal injury lawyers know their stuff. No matter how your child has been affected, call us for confidential, no-obligation advice and see how we can help you on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim