There are several different types of lupus including:
- Drug-induced lupus
- Discoid lupus erythematosus
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
Lupus is an autoimmune condition, caused by problems with your immune system. The condition occurs when the patient’s immune system attacks healthy tissues, cells and organs. It’s thought that a combination of environmental and genetic factors could trigger the condition in some people. Symptoms of lupus range from mild to severe but can include:
- Skin rashes
- Joint pain
- Swollen lymph glands
- Dry eyes
Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a type of lupus affecting the skin, which can be controlled with medication. Those suffering from drug-induced lupus usually find symptoms stop when they cease taking their medication. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common form of lupus, and 90% of cases affect women aged 15 to 50.
Whilst there is no cure for lupus, medication can help prevent organ damage and relieve symptoms. Blood tests such as anti-nuclear antibody tests are carried out to make a diagnosis and those diagnosed will need regular monitoring. Most people with SLE have a near-normal life expectancy, although failure to diagnose lupus can sometimes cause complications such as heart disease or kidney failure. Hyroxycholoquine is often prescribed to control symptoms.
Has your quality of life been affected by medical negligence?
Failure to diagnose lupus could amount to medical negligence, and if you have been affected, you may be wondering if you can claim compensation. If you visit your GP with symptoms of lupus and do not receive a proper diagnosis, this could be harmful to your health. Not only will you continue to suffer from flare-ups and symptoms, you could also be at risk of long-term organ damage, heart disease or kidney failure. You may need time off work to recover during a flare-up and suffer loss of earnings. This is why you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer, to see if you are eligible to claim compensation.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today if you think you have been a victim of medical negligence. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers are here to listen and offer confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. If you have been affected by a negligent doctor, we believe you should be able to claim compensation for your pain and suffering. So get in touch today to find out whether you have a viable claim and see how much compensation you could be eligible to claim.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown