Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare disorder of the brain and causes a progressive loss of mental ability. It is caused by an infection with a prion, which is a protein which accumulates in the brain damaging the nerve cells. Symptoms include changes in personality, mood changes, vision problems, loss of motility, slurred speech and loss of memory. The condition is unfortunately fatal but symptoms can be alleviated to make the sufferer’s quality of life better. Some medications used include anti-depressants, painkillers and medications to help with muscle tremors or jerks. The disease can be caused by eating meat from a cow infected with the disease, but it can also be inherited from a family member. It can also be spread via surgical treatment. As mentioned, the disease is very rare but those who contract it will find the symptoms progress over time. The failure to diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease can make the remainder of the patient’s life a lot more difficult, particularly if they suffer mortality before anyone is aware that they had the illness.
Repercussions of a failure to diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Anyone who contracts this disease may suffer from depression and anxiety, particularly due to the mortality rate associated with the illness. This is also a symptom of the disease but can be treated with medication. Other symptoms can also be treated with medication which can make life a lot more comfortable for the sufferer. The failure to diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease may make life much more difficult and there may be no support from medical professionals to make life more comfortable. The failure to diagnose may be a result of negligence but you can claim for compensation on behalf of yourself or a family member if there is evidence this has occurred.
How to begin your claim
At Accident Advice Helpline we understand that no amount of money can help with the loss of a loved one, but claiming compensation can hold those responsible for the misdiagnosis and can prevent it from happening to someone else. Any compensation won can help you cope with any costs associated with the illness including medical costs or the loss of money coming into the home. You can contact us by calling our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 and talking with an expert solicitor about your case. We offer a no win, no fee* policy to all claimants meaning you won’t suffer any more financial strain from your loss. You can also begin your claim on our website by taking the 30-second test.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim