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Vitamin B12 Deficiency – the potentially serious consequences of delayed treatment

Paul Fouad - 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.

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&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 previous 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 email or call 0114 218 4000 and ask to speak to someone in our Clinical Negligence team.

**Updated 27/03/2017**

Paul Fouad

Paul Fouad is a partner in the clinical negligence department. Paul is a member of the Law Society’s specialist clinical negligence Accreditation Panel. For more information on this topic email or call her on 0114 218 4105.

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