Polio used to be very common around the world but today it only exists in three countries. There are now vaccinations that are given to children in many countries in the Western world to prevent them from getting polio.
The proper name for polio is poliomyelitis and it refers to a viral infection that is very easy to catch. Normally the majority of cases of polio don’t actually have any symptoms at all. However there are cases where some people do get symptoms and when this happens it can lead to serious symptoms that can affect that person’s quality of life. This is why we would say that a failure to diagnose polio can be quite dangerous. It is rare for a medical professional to misdiagnose this condition or to miss it altogether, but as with all medical conditions there is the opportunity for this to happen. For example in some cases people can become paralysed as a result of polio, or to be affected in other parts of their body. It all depends on the type of polio they contract as to how it ultimately affects the individual.
While polio is essentially no longer around in the Western world it is not out of the realms of possibility to catch it while you are abroad in one of the countries that still has it.
What would your life be like if you had undiagnosed polio?
It is hard to determine what life would be like because polio can affect different people in different ways. However if you were among those who have symptomatic polio you could expect to suffer a variety of symptoms depending on the type you have. For example the rarest type is paralytic polio, which as the name suggests results in paralysis. Managing symptoms can lead to managing the disease better so it is good to get a prompt diagnosis.
Call the friendly staff at Accident Advice Helpline for more information
If you think you suffered from a failure to diagnose polio and it occurred within the last three years, you should definitely get in touch with us here at Accident Advice Helpline. We provide expert no-obligation advice to those who call us in situations similar to this. We have experience in helping other people win compensation for medical misdiagnoses such as these. Call us today on our 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500 – it’s absolutely free and we’re waiting to hear from you. You have nothing to lose.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown