Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a medical condition which effects the immune system. Unlike other diseases, MS targets healthy tissue and causes the body’s muscles and various systems to slowly break down. The condition is extremely debilitating causing damage to movement, balance, coordination, and vision. Specific to MS is the tissue which is attacked by the disease, primarily the tissue around the brain and spinal cord. Because the spinal cord is effected, signals along the nervous system cannot reach other parts of the body. There is no cure for MS.
Sometimes, MS is misdiagnosed as a more treatable condition. Because the symptoms are similar to those which require a simple lifestyle change, prolonged treatment and diagnosis can occur. Those which suffer from chronic bouts of weakness, fatigue, and the inability to focus may be told to get rest, eat healthier foods, and reduce stress. Even when a person experiences a loss of balance with these symptoms, the diagnosis can be overlooked.
Apart from fatigue, weakness, and blurred vison (usually in one eye) a person can have loss of memory, clumsiness, double vision, tingling in the limbs, difficulty concentrating, and numbness in the joints. However, because each person is different, the symptoms can vary substantially from person to person. What makes diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis even more difficult is that here is no specific symptom or test that establishes a case for MS, although there are conditions and symptoms which strongly indicate such.
MS misdiagnosis claims are primarily based upon medical negligence. The victim must establish that there was negligence performed by the doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner which another professional would be able to perform under similar conditions.
If you have experienced dizziness and a loss of vision due to the misdiagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis you may have grounds for a claim, especially if the loss of vision occurred after multiple symptoms were presented to the doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner.
Since the treatment of MS is best when detected early, those which were diagnosed with MS after months or years of misdiagnosis “hit-and-miss” treatments, may have grounds for a claim.
Those who have become disabilities due to the lack of treatment from a misdiagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis can file a claim.
Persons which have requested an MRI and been refused due to insurance refusal or based upon the recommendation that an MRI was not necessary for treatment definitively have grounds for a misdiagnosis claim if that person has developed MS or if existing MS has intensified which may have been treatable should the MRI have been administered.
Individuals who have had family members pass due to late diagnosis of MS or from the lack of treatment of Multiple Sclerosis may have grounds for a claim, specifically if the deceased showed reasonable signs of MS which any common doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner would be able to identify as a symptom of the disease.
MRIs which have been deemed as inconclusive without having a follow-up MRI conducted to test for Multiple Sclerosis may be grounds to file a negligence claim, especially if the person with MS could have diminished the gravity of symptoms with treatment should further testing have been performed in a timely manner.
Any individual with MS who has been denied physical therapy and medical equipment to help with the onset of MS due to their condition being misdiagnosed are definitively entitled to a claim.
If you have had surgeries or specialized treatments of a condition other than MS due to the misdiagnosis of the disease, you have grounds for a claim.
Compensation claims are based upon the time from the event, the gravity of the negligence, and the probability that the negligence would occur. As MS symptoms are hard to diagnose, a person must show that there was ample evidence present that a normal doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner should have ordered an MRI and spotted signs of the disease. Documentation as to the original diagnosis will need to be provided as well as any expenses which have been incurred as a result of the misdiagnosis.
There is a time limit on filing any negligence claim and so the sooner a person files, the better. Never should a person prolong treatment of their Multiple Sclerosis in order to attempt to gain higher compensation. Individuals who believe they have been misdiagnosed, must seek out the diagnosis of an medical professional which contradicts the original diagnosis.
It is advised that those wishing to file a MS (Multiple Sclerosis) misdiagnosis claim do so through a professional compensation expert. The compensation professional will review your case and ensure that you are presented with the best option to receive the compensation that you deserve. Furthermore, by filing through a professional, you minimize the risk of missing deadlines or filling out the wrong form. Should you have any questions regarding MS misdiagnosis claims or to schedule an analysis of your case please contact us directly.
If you have suffered Multiple Sclerosis 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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