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ADHD Compensation Claims
Over the past decade, the number of ADHD diagnosis lawsuits has exploded. It seems that every child that is a little unruly is given the diagnosis and therefore medicated for ADHD. The problem, however, is not the increased numbers, but the number of physicians that are seemingly using the ADHD medications as a quick fix to the child’s apparent hyperactive tendencies. ADHD treatment negligence is on the rise and growing with every passing year.
A true case of ADHD is not just about being overly hyper. It is mostly about an inability to focus on a singular task. It is most often diagnosed after the child reaches the age where they are in school with other children. ADHD can present itself in the form of the child not being able to get along with other children or a complete disregard in the respect of waiting for their turn during a game. ADHD is a real medical condition that can follow the person throughout his or her life. An actual case of ADHD can cause growing person to be unable to hold down a job due to lack of attention to the task and can even cause them to have an inability to maintain a relationship with another person. Treatment is often left to forms of medication that allow the person to focus but is in no way a cure for the actual medical condition.
Symptoms of ADHD mimic many other conditions and are usually first noticed by the teachers of the student. The parent may be completely unaware of any issue simply because they are so used to the child’s behaviour. Here are some of the most common ADHD symptoms to watch for.
Inattention – A child that experiences inattention is certainly not uncommon, but what is uncommon in normal growth is their inability to finish tasks they have started. They may not want to pay attention to the details of a particular task or completely avoid any task that will require them to focus for an extended period of time. The child can be very easily distracted and even forget where they put their things.
Hyperactivity – Again, hyper children are everywhere, but generally, they know when to sit down and pay attention. An ADHD child is quite fidgety and tends to have a complete inability to be still. Some seem as though they are driven by a motor and run, climb, and talk excessively like they are trying to run their personal battery down.
Impulsive Behavior – ADHD children tend to interrupt when people talk to them and blurt out answers to questions before the question is completed. They may also be unable to wait for their turn in line and can interrupt conversations that do not even pertain to them.
Yes, it is quite common that ADHD can be misdiagnosed as something like Aspergers, which can carry similar symptoms to ADHD.
ADHD presents itself differently in adults as it does compared to children, which can carry the argument why ADHD is commonly misdiagnosed or undiagnosed in adults. ADHD in adults is commonly misdiagnosed as either depression or some sort of anxiety disorder and is often overlooked as the source of their symptoms.
ADHD treatment negligence comes in the form of neglecting to give the proper medication to a child that has ADHD and even overmedicating a child that may not even have the condition. Both of these issues have their own set of problems associated with them.
Neglecting to Give Proper Medication – When you bring your child into a medical professional, you expect them to be given a proper diagnosis. There are some children that express all the symptoms of ADHD, but some medical professionals will simply neglect to properly medicate the child telling the parents that the symptoms are a phase and will get better with age. These children are then left to go to school exhibiting these behaviours and then forced to suffer consequences of their actions that could be remedied by medication. They get into trouble often and are sometimes looked at as the bad kid in the class when in reality, they have a true inability to properly focus on their school work.
Overmedicated – These days, the general public is forced to face the reality that many medical doctors simply do not take the time to properly examine the behaviour of the child and therefore can wrongly give the correct prescription, therefore, leading to a prescription overdose. On average, it takes 6 months of close observation to determine whether a child has ADHD or if it is another behavioural issue. Physicians do not have a way to simply test the child in a short period of time for the condition and therefore diagnosis should take a considerable amount of time. Any doctor that neglects to put the effort to properly diagnose the child is putting you and your child at risk for ADHD treatment negligence.
Your child is the most important part of your life and when they are unable to focus on their studies, it can put significant strain all the entire family. A doctor should never prescribe medications prior to a proper examination being completed. Overmedication has been known to cause some children to experience suicidal thoughts, nervous tics, cardiovascular issues, dizziness, and even skin problems. Medications should only be given to those children that have been properly assessed and a regular schedule of follow up appointments should be maintained to avoid any complications.
If your child has been improperly diagnosed, you deserve compensation. No child should be left without the ability to learn and therefore you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. ADHD treatment negligence claims are on the rise and your child should never be put at risk.
ADHD is considered one of the most prevalent and researched children’s brain disorders. When the question arises, ‘Is ADHD considered a mental illness or is it a learning disability?’, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), is these days classed as a psychiatric disorder and its symptoms will often continue from childhood through to adulthood.
If you have suffered ADHD as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
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