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.
Taylor and 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.
If you want to discuss your potential case please call 0114 218 4000 and ask to speak to someone in our Clinical Negligence team.