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Posted on 19th March 2018

Woman Spends Life Savings After Dementia Misdiagnosis

A woman is facing financial difficulties after she was mistakenly given the wrong diagnosis which claimed she had just a few years to live. The woman was suffering from memory problems and erratic behaviour. After a CT scan, her doctor confirmed that the patient had frontal temporal dementia. The doctor told the woman she had five years at most to live.

With only a short timeframe, the woman wanted to spend her money on enjoying the rest of her life. She spent money buying her family a luxury holiday as well as equipping her house with quality items and aspects to make the rest of her illness easier, such as a wet room.

A year after the diagnosis, doctors then found that the CT scan did not show the neurodegenerative disease. Instead, her symptoms were linked to depression and anxiety. Furthermore, the woman also endured painful headaches as a result of the prescribed medication for the disease which she did not have.

The medical mistake not only made the woman endure pain from the wrong prescription, but she also said a heart-breaking goodbye to her family and suffered financially. The NHS trust for Hull and East Yorkshire has since apologised for the incorrect diagnosis.

What Negligence Claimline say

In this instance, the woman has decided not to sue the NHS, stating that they have been good to her. In fact, many people worry about claiming the NHS as they know how much they help people in the UK. However, what most people do not realise is that you do not take money from the NHS when you sue. The NHS has a separate body for compensation called the NHS Resolution who look after NHS claims and have a yearly budget that stretches into the billions.

If you have suffered as a result of medical negligence on behalf of the NHS, then you may be entitled to compensation from the NHS Resolution. Find out how you can make a claim by calling the expert solicitors at Negligence Claimline. Call the team on 0330 355 9210 for your free claim assessment.