Vitamin B12 deficiency Do you consider that your GP or a hospital doctor may have delayed diagnosis of a Vitamin B12 deficiency? If so, the consequences can be dramatic. Call us on 0114 218 4058 or tell us what happened. Clinical negligence usually causes an unexpected and serious breach of a patient’s trust in a medical professional. It also leaves people devastated through serious physical injury and emotional trauma. On occasion you may experience low Vitamin B12 or folates as a result of a poor diet or through a condition such as pernicious anaemia which can impair the body’s ability to absorb Vitamin B12. The initial symptoms may include: extreme tiredness a lack of energy pins and needles (paraesthesia) muscle weakness problems with memory, understanding and judgement Usually a doctor should be able to diagnosis your condition fairly quickly through a blood test. The treatment for the condition is then usually simple, in the form of Vitamin B12 supplements or injections. The longer the condition goes untreated, the more harmful it can potentially be. In severe cases patients may experience peripheral neuropathy which can mean a permanent numbness in hands and feet which will restrict your ability to walk and carry out day to day tasks. Case studies Taylor&Emmet have been involved in several cases regarding delayed diagnosis of Vitamin B12 deficiency. How much a case is worth will depend on various factors including the severity of injury, your loss of earnings and the cost of any additional care and accommodation you may need. In a recent case, liability was admitted by a local hospital and settlement was eventually agreed at £335,000. Another case settled recently against our client’s former GP in the sum of £750,000. What can I claim? The value of your claim will depend on a number of factors including: The nature of the injury or illness Whether your child (or you) recover fully from the injury or illness or if it has a long term effect on their health and wellbeing The amount of any losses you incur as a result of the injury You can claim compensation for the following things if they are a result of your injury: Pain, suffering and loss of amenity Loss of earnings Medical and nursing care costs Special equipment needed to carry out daily activities and any costs involved in adapting your home Other expenses incurred as a result of your injury, for example, travel expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment. Contact us to speak to one of our specialist lawyers in total confidence and they will discuss the details of your claim.