Huntington’s Disease is a disorder of the brain which is inherited genetically and causes deterioration and the loss of function in certain nerve cells. The sufferer usually experiences mood swings, unusual behaviour and changes in personality but these symptoms can also be attributed to various other nerve and brain disorders. The main symptom is uncontrollable, jerky movements, usually of the face but it can also affect the limbs and body causing the sufferer to fall over. There are also periods of depression which are a direct symptom and not just a reaction to the diagnosis. There may be periods where a sufferer appears lazy, unmotivated or lacking in empathy and the condition can also cause obsessive behaviour.
Unfortunately, there is no cure but the symptoms can be managed and help can be given to care for the patient. Speech therapy and occupational therapy can help the sufferer to live more comfortably and some medications are available for the involuntary movements. A failure to diagnose Huntington’s Disease means that the sufferer may not get the help needed to continue with daily life.
Repercussions of misdiagnosis
A sufferer who has been diagnosed with another disorder may not be getting the help needed to manage Huntington’s disease. The sufferer may be diagnosed with depression in the first instance or there may be no diagnosis at all. A failure to diagnose Huntington’s disease may result in a sufferer struggling through daily life or it may end in tragedy in rare cases due to the depression experienced and the feeling of not understanding what is wrong. Therapy can help a patient to get through the rest of their life more comfortably therefore a diagnosis is essential in the case of this disease. Where there is evidence that medical negligence has taken place with a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, you may be able to win some compensation.
How to make your claim for medical negligence
Where there is evidence of negligence, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with a compensation claim to those at fault for a failure to diagnose Huntington’s disease. Should you win a cash payout, the sum will help you with the cost of home care, any changes made to the home or a nursing home for when the condition progresses. As we operate on a no win, no fee* basis, you will always benefit from making your claim with us. Just give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to speak to an expert.