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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Failure to diagnose neurological illness

    A neurological disorder or illness is any type of condition which affects the nervous system. Abnormalities of the brain, spinal cord or other nerves can result in a number of illnesses including:

    • Alzheimer’s
    • Stroke
    • Huntington’s disease
    • Parkinson’s disease

    These are just some examples but there are various ways the nervous system can be affected. General symptoms include trouble with memory, movement, speech, swallowing or breathing. Neurological disorders may be treated or the symptoms may be alleviated to help the sufferer cope with everyday life. There may be a need for physiotherapy, occupational therapy along with medication and aids to help with breathing or to help with feeding. Failure to diagnose neurological illness can lead to the condition progressing more quickly or it can lead to extreme difficulty in performing everyday tasks. If you are experiencing unusual symptoms such as seizures, numbness or paralysis in one arm or leg or you have trouble with movement or speech, contact a doctor. They may refer you to a specialist for testing and treatment.

    Complications of neurological disorders

    Some nervous system illnesses can be treated with medication but many are not ‘curable’. The disease may progress on its own but medication can help to slow the process in some cases. There may be a need for rehabilitation to help sufferers with movement, walking or speech and there may also be a need to adapt the home to suit your needs. Failure to diagnose neurological illness can result in the disease progressing much faster and can lead to the sufferer needing round the clock care. There may also be no help in performing everyday tasks making life extremely difficult for those with a condition of this type. If you have suffered a failure to diagnose neurological illness and your disease has progressed as a result, you may be able to claim compensation where there is evidence of negligence.

    Contacting Accident Advice Helpline

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which can represent you should you decide to pursue compensation for unnecessary suffering. The no win, no fee* policy we operate under guarantees that you have nothing to pay upfront and we also offer no-obligation advice over the phone. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 for assistance from an expert or contact us via our website. We can help you obtain the evidence you need to help your case and will support you through the process.

    Date Published: August 14, 2014

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    Author: David Brown

    Category: Medical negligence claim

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