I'm writing this to assist other sufferers of b12 deficiency. I am taking a case to court of a b12 deficiency resulting in neurological damage which remained unrecognised because my previous deficiency was subsequently 'treated.' It has been a long and lonely road, the damage I suffered has never, up till recently, been acknowledged. I know I've made many mistakes in placing my trust in the hands of people who did not deserve it, but the upshot is this:
- You can prove that a b12 deficiency causes neurological damage irrespective of whether you have a diagnosis of pernicious anaemia or not. (if, of course, you have neuro damage)
- If you feel you have a complaint against your doctor, then take it up, but if you receive no satisfaction then don't follow the NHS procedure further.
- You can bring a litigant in person claim against your GP.
- You can, if your finances are limited, claim fee remissions for court fees.
- You must however, if your case is not time barred, participate in a pre-action protocol.
The biggie is getting an 'expert' to ascertain you have neuro damage. You need to have this. You do not need an expert, at the start, to state this neuro damage is as a result of a b12 deficiency. You simply need to establish that you have the damage.
I have no idea how my case is going to turn out but what I do know is that, up until recently, I received no practical help whatsoever.
A major aspect of the suffering b12 deficient patients go through is the mental anguish of not having their injuries recognised, of having them trivialised - and I intend to do my utmost to change all that.
It may end in tears, there have certainly been many along the way, but one thing is for certain, I will change things for the better.
It is unacceptable that patients are being forced to go to such lengths to get such a serious illness recognised, and I for certain wish things have never come this far - but now I'm there, well, we will see what mistakes I make and how others can learn from them. And one thing I am sure about is that I am going to get evidence into a court that means the injuries caused by b12 deficiency get noticed.