Failure to diagnose brain disease

Disorders or conditions of the brain can range from the minor to the extreme, but all can cause complications if left untreated or are undiagnosed. Minor conditions such as concussion may cause impaired ability to function or drowsiness but may also be accompanied by bleeding on the brain therefore diagnosis is vital to prevent further trauma. Other examples of brain diseases or conditions include:

  • Meningitis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Brain tumour
  • Brain abscess
  • Epilepsy

These are just examples but there are many more disorders, infections and conditions of the brain. Some are caused by infection, some are caused by injury and others are merely caused by underlying genetic factors. Brain diseases and conditions can be acute (e.g. concussion) or chronic (e.g. Alzheimer’s) and can affect a person’s ability to live out their daily lives. Some have effects on the muscles, nerves and on other bodily functions whereas others affect the head and brain only. A failure to diagnose brain disease or an injury which may cause a brain condition can leave a patient with complications that could have been avoided.

Consequences of misdiagnosed brain disease

Brain infections, diseases and disorders cause a variety of symptoms depending on the area affected. Some cause memory loss, others cause bleeding and trauma and some may impair overall mental ability. A failure to diagnose brain disease or conditions of the brain can result in a patient’s original complaint progressing and becoming much worse. This may affect daily life and could result in a patient needing additional help to perform everyday tasks. Should you have suffered an injury, infection or illness of the brain that was not initially diagnosed and was allowed to go without treatment, you may be able to file a complaint and claim for compensation where there is evidence that medical negligence took place.

Negligence suits for brain conditions

Brain conditions and infections can be life-threatening therefore initial diagnosis is critical in order to get the treatment you need. If you have suffered from potential negligence and your disorder or condition was allowed to progress, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim. This can help you cope financially with any medical costs, costs of assisted living or costs associated with a change in lifestyle such as leaving employment. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our experts regarding your case and make your claim today.

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