Haemophilia is a condition which affects the blood’s ability to form clots. Clots are formed when an injury is sustained and help to stop the bleeding. The blood clots when substances called clotting factors combine with the blood cells, preventing excessive bleeding. The lack of clotting factors is what causes haemophilia, a genetic condition for which there is no absolute cure. The symptoms vary depending on the severity of the disorder but continuous bleeding from an injury is a common sign.
As sufferers are born with the disease, it normally becomes apparent in children when an injury is sustained. Procedures such as a dental extraction or a cut from a fall can result in early detection of haemophilia. Children may also bruise easily if the condition is more severe or they may have tingling sensations, stiffness and pain in the joints. This is caused by internal bleeding around the affected area. Joint bleeding, joint deformities and serious internal bleeding may occur if the condition is very severe. The condition can cause complications and can become a medical emergency if there is an injury to the head causing bleeding around the skull. Treatment involves medication which helps prevent prolonged bleeding. However, a failure to diagnose haemophilia could result in a failure to treat the disease.
Failure to treat haemophilia
A failure to diagnose haemophilia can result in a failure to treat the disease. This means that complications could cause unnecessary suffering to someone with the condition. Early detection can be treated with preventative medication but a failure to detect the condition could cause excessive bleeding around the joints. This could cause complications throughout a patient’s life. In addition, an unawareness of the condition could lead to a patient leading a lifestyle which could increase the risk of injury and, as a consequence, bleeding excessively. For example, they may take part in sports or take medications which thin the blood, making the condition worse. Compensation may be claimed if there is evidence of negligence.
Get representation for your claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in helping the victims of injuries or illnesses which have worsened because a medical professional failed to diagnose a condition. If your condition has worsened or has resulted in complications because a physician failed to diagnose you, you may be able to win a cash payout. Call us on our 24-hour helpline to speak with an expert about making a compensation claim. Our no win no fee* policy ensures there won’t be any upfront expenditure on your part.
Date Published: August 26, 2014
Author: David Brown