Strokes happen every five minutes in the UK. A stroke is a serious, life-threatening condition that occurs when there is a disruption of the blood supply to part of the brain, sometimes leading to brain injury.
The longer the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, the more serious the consequences. That’s why it’s vital that healthcare providers recognise the signs of stroke, make a quick and accurate diagnosis and provide the relevant treatment and care.
If you or a family member has suffered a stroke, it can have a devastating impact on your life – particularly if medical professionals failed to diagnose your condition or there were delays in treatment resulting in disability, severe brain injury or even, death.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors may be able to help you make a claim for compensation if you or your loved one has suffered due to the misdiagnosis of their stroke or delays to their treatment.
They are experts in helping people claim maximum compensation due to medical negligence and have supported many clients in securing damages against those responsible for their injuries.
Our team is dedicated to helping and supporting clients throughout the course of their claim and beyond. We have close ties to support groups, charities and organisations that help people who have suffered a stroke, as well as connections to renowned rehabilitation centres. We also offer home visits, to make the claims process as calm as possible, and build trusted relationships with our clients.
What are the warning signs of stroke?
Stroke can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time. It’s vital to know how to spot the warning signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else. The ‘FAST test’ is the recommended way to do this:
- F – face. Part of the person’s face starts to droop, making it difficult for them to smile.
- A – arms. The person is unable to fully lift their arms.
- S – speech. The person has difficulties with speech, which becomes slurred.
- T – time. It is time to call 999. A person displaying these symptoms must immediately be taken to an emergency department for treatment.
What happens if a stroke is misdiagnosed?
Strokes can have a significant impact on your health and can result in life-changing injuries. The effects can include problems with speech, mobility, vision, continence, memory loss, fatigue and your emotions. If a stroke is misdiagnosed and you don’t receive prompt medical attention, you may suffer a serious brain injury which results in you losing your independence and requiring long-term care and support.
What are the different types of stroke?
There are two main types of stroke: ischaemic strokes and haemorrhagic strokes and they affect the brain in different ways and can have different causes. Ischaemic strokes are the most common and occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. These blood clots typically form in areas where the arteries have narrowed or become blocked over time by fatty deposits known as plaques. Haemorrhagic strokes (also known as cerebral haemorrhages or intracranial haemorrhages) are less common and occur when a blood vessel within the skull bursts and bleeds into and around the brain. The main cause of haemorrhagic stroke is high blood pressure, which can weaken the vessels in the brain and make them prone to rupture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the medical negligence incident or the date when you realised your injury or illness may have been caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence.
If you are claiming on behalf of a child, you can claim at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply and they have until their 21st birthday to claim themselves.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist medical negligence team as soon as possible for expert advice.
The compensation you receive depends on the extent of injuries you’ve suffered due to your stroke and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension.
Starting a stroke misdiagnosis compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.
After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as how your injuries occurred and the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.
Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.
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