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HIV and aids

HIV and AIDS is a commonly-known disease that many people die of every year worldwide as it can sometimes be difficult to detect early enough to receive an effective treatment to manage the condition.

What is HIV and AIDS?

HIV is Human Immunodeficiency Virus which is a sexually transmitted disease which affects the immune system.  There is no cure for HIV and no vaccine to stop you from becoming infected. 

The effect of HIV is that your immune system will be slowly destroyed making you susceptible to infection and disease such as cancer.

AIDS is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and the name for the condition where you have been diagnosed with HIV and have no immune system.

Medical care and rehabilitation

A diagnosis of HIV or AIDS means a lifetime of medication to try and protect your immune system or fight off infection. HIV and AIDS also unfortunately have stigma attached because many people do not understand the conditions fully.

Long-term support and care

The effects of HIV and AIDS have a lifelong effect on a person’s life and the long-term support and care that an individual requires can vary significantly.

Psychological disorders can remain long term as a result of false diagnosis which may result in you requiring medication and therapy.  Late diagnosis may result in death.

We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you including:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;

  • Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;

  • Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.

Can I claim compensation for my medical condition?

We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where:

  • you have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS following medical treatment such as surgery and you think you have contracted the condition as a result of the surgery. HIV can be spread by the negligence of healthcare professionals when using needles which have not been properly sterilised or from an organ donor who was inaccurately tested;

  • you have been diagnosed but have reason to believe you should have been diagnosed earlier;

  • you have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS but have later found out that you do not have the condition;

  • your relative has died as a result of late diagnosis resulting in treatment being unavailable and you have reason to believe that they should have been diagnosed earlier.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

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