Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a rare disorder which affects the nervous system and causes progressive muscle weakness. It is unknown what causes the disorder but many sufferers have previously contracted a viral or bacterial infection. Thereafter, the immune system begins to attack the peripheral nervous system which primarily controls the muscles. This results in symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, co-ordination problems, muscle weakness and inability to walk unaided. The inflammation caused by the immune system’s attack on the nerves causes tingling sensations in the arms and legs. Sufferers may have difficulties performing everyday tasks and may require a walking aid as the condition progresses. As Guillain-Barre Syndrome shares similar symptoms with other nervous system disorders, testing must be thorough to ensure diagnosis is correct. Two tests are usually used, the first being a nerve conduction study. This is usually followed by an EMG which tests nerve and muscle function. A Lumbar puncture can also be carried out which involved testing a small amount of spinal fluid. The failure to diagnose Guillain-Barre Syndrome can result in sufferers’ condition progressing.
Progression and treatment
Many sufferers will recover fully from Guillain-Barre Syndrome with the help of the correct medication. Medication is given to block the immune system when it attempts to attack the nerves but many sufferers do take up to a year to recover. However, if there is a failure to diagnose Guillain-Barre Syndrome, the condition may never be cured and may progress. A loss of sensation in the limbs can occur and some may be confined to a wheelchair. Those with the condition may also feel consistently drowsy and may lose co-ordination. If the condition was not originally diagnosed and your treatment was delayed, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
What Accident Advice Helpline can do to help
We are a law firm which specialises in compensation claims for those who have been ill or injured at the fault of someone else. If there is evidence of medical negligence and your medical practitioner failed to diagnose your illness, you may be able to win a cash payout with our representation. Give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to speak to our experts about your case. Our no win, no fee policy means you won’t have to suffer financially to make your claim with us. Your cash payout may help you with any changes in lifestyle you have to make, such as the cost of adapting your home or the cost of home care.