Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a condition which affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord causing symptoms of fatigue as well as difficulty with co-ordination. Some sufferers also experience loss of vision and stiffness of the muscles, which often causes involuntary movements. Each nerve in the body is protected by a protein layer called myelin which aids the transmission of signals from the brain to the rest of the body. People with MS have damaged myelin causing the symptoms of the condition. MS is known as an autoimmune disorder as the body’s own immune system is responsible for attacking the myelin sheath which covers the nerves. Genetic predisposition is thought to be a cause for this. Many sufferers with MS only experience relapses of symptoms which means they can last from days to weeks with periods where symptoms are mild or do not manifest at all. Others have a more severe form of the condition where symptoms do not let up and progressively get worse over time. Treatment can reduce the number of relapses and can slow down the progression of the disease. Steroid medications can also help sufferers and many have physiotherapy to help with walking and movement. A failure to diagnose multiple sclerosis may mean that the patient does not receive the help needed with everyday life and the disease may progress faster without treatment.
Failure to diagnose multiple sclerosis
Your doctor should refer you to a specialist for testing and subsequent treatment if it is found that you are suffering from MS. However, a failure to diagnose multiple sclerosis may mean that your illness may progress quicker without medication. In addition, you may not receive physiotherapy resulting in difficulty walking, moving and difficulty living out daily life. If you have not been sent for testing or there has been a delay in testing because of a failure to diagnose, then you may have been a victim of medical negligence. Call Accident Advice Helpline to enquire about receiving compensation for your suffering.
Claiming medical negligence compensation
Any unnecessary suffering caused by a failure to diagnose an illness or a misdiagnosis can be compensated for where there is evidence that someone was negligent. As a law firm which has helped thousands of victims of negligence to claim compensation, Accident Advice Helpline is experienced and can represent you in your time of need. The compensation you win may contribute towards your suffering, the cost of medical help and any costs associated with adapting your home. Our helpline is free to call 24/7 and our no win, no fee* policy means you won’t be out of pocket.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown