Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive illness which affects mental ability and is the most common form of dementia. Almost 500,000 people in the UK are affected by the illness and it can be caused by a variety of factors. These include old age, a family history of the disease, cardiovascular disease and lifestyle factors. Severe head injuries may also cause Alzheimer’s. The symptoms may be hard to notice initially, but progress over time. Sufferers may become confused and disorientated and memory problems will likely become more severe. There may also be personality changes, increased aggressiveness, suspicion, problems with speech and hallucinations. People with the illness may also have trouble moving around independently. They may also suffer from delusions as the illness progresses.
The illness can cause stress and worry among family members, particularly if there is a failure to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Some people benefit from medication to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s and many benefit from at-home support from medical professionals. Some can also benefit from cognitive therapy to improve memory and speech.
Suffering from a failure to diagnose Alzheimer’s
The disease may be hard to detect at first as many older people suffer memory loss as a natural part of ageing. However, the disease can be slowed down by use of medication and many sufferers benefit from the support of an occupational therapist or carer to help with independent living. A failure to diagnose Alzheimer’s can result in stress among family members as well as in the sufferer due to being unaware of what is wrong. Confusion can also cause the sufferer to go outdoors without assistance and put themselves in danger. If your family member has suffered progression of the illness because of a failure to diagnose, negligence may have taken place. Call a compensation claims company like Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
How we can help
Although we are aware that the deterioration in the health of someone you love is a stressful and worrying experience, we also know that it is your right to compensation to help cope with your situation. This is provided that medical negligence is evident and your family member was not originally diagnosed. This may have caused them injury or undue stress and suffering which is taken into account when making your compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline is free to call on 0800 689 0500 and we offer no-obligation advice as well as a no win, no fee* policy to all claimants.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim