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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 Parkinson’s disease


    Parkinson’s disease is a condition which affects the brain causing stiff muscles, slow movements and tremors in certain parts of the body. The brain becomes damaged due to a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain. This area of the brain produces dopamine which aids in muscle movement. It is unknown why some people develop this illness, but it is thought to be caused by genetic predisposition as well as environmental factors. Your doctor will usually conduct some simple tests and follow up by checking your medical history. You should also be referred to a specialist such as a neurologist who will conduct further assessment to reach a diagnosis. The symptoms are similar to that of other disorders therefore these will be ruled out by thorough testing and examination. You may also receive medication to reduce the symptoms which will further clarify your diagnosis. The disease does progress and some patients will need assistance with daily activities. A failure to diagnose Parkinson’s disease can lead to the condition progressing and daily life may become difficult without the correct support.

    Disease progression

    The illness is likely to progress on its own but, without diagnosis, it can progress faster. This means that a person may not have the same quality of life, may suffer from depression and may have extreme difficulty getting around without support. People with Parkinson’s disease benefit greatly from occupational therapy combined with physiotherapy to help with independent living. The failure to diagnose Parkinson’s disease can result in disease progression and suffering among patients who have no support. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim where there is evidence of medical negligence.

    Medical negligence claims

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which supports victims of negligence when making a compensation claim. Compensation can help with the financial repercussions of Parkinson’s disease such as the cost of a carer or the cost of adapting the home to suit a person’s needs. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to get some no-obligation advice from our team of experts regarding your case. Our no win, no fee policy means that you won’t suffer any further financial difficulty by making your claim with us. Provided there is evidence that you were not diagnosed because someone was negligent, we can help you to win the cash payout you deserve to help you cope with any unnecessary suffering.

    Date Published: August 14, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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