Motor neurone disease is a rare condition which causes damage to the nervous system. Specialist nerve cells called motor neurones begin to stop working properly and cause weakness and muscle damage. As the motor neurones are responsible for muscle activity, sufferers will experience difficulty with movement, walking, speaking, gripping, swallowing and even breathing. The cause of the condition is unknown but some genetic predisposition may result in MND in some sufferers. In others, lifestyle may be a factor. Specialised testing is needed to rule out other conditions of the nervous system which means your GP will likely refer you to a neurologist. A number of symptoms may manifest which indicate progression of the disease. These may include dragging of the leg, weakening grip, shoulder weakness and slurring speech. Although the disease is not curable as such, the symptoms can be managed with appropriate medical care. A failure to diagnose motor neurone disease can result in the sufferer failing to obtain the help needed to live a relatively comfortable life.
Symptoms and management
The sufferer is not usually in any pain but the weakness of the muscles can make life progressively difficult. To support the patient, aids like breathing apparatus and feeding tubes can be used to make breathing and feeding easier. There is also a medication available which helps slow down the damage to the motor neurones. Patients who are diagnosed with the condition can communicate their preferences to health professionals with regards to their care and their future care. This means that they may want to be cared for at home or in a hospice once the disease has progressed and you are no longer able to communicate clearly. A failure to diagnose motor neurone disease means that it may progress to a stage where communication is no longer possible or you are unable to breathe or swallow. Where there evidence that a medical professional has been negligent in failing to diagnose you and your condition has caused you unnecessary suffering, you may be able to claim for compensation.
Claiming for medical negligence
You may make a claim for compensation on behalf of a family member who has suffered a failure to diagnose motor neurone disease. Accident Advice Helpline can represent you if you decide to pursue compensation when there is evidence medical negligence has taken place. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t suffer any further financial difficulty by claiming with us. Although we understand that no amount of money can make up for a person’s suffering, it can help you or your family cope with costs of care and changes to the home. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.