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Stroke Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are experts in stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims. They are fully aware of the devastating effect a stroke misdiagnosis can have and are able to represent and dedicate their time to those who have suffered.
A stroke is the fourth largest cause of death in the UK and second in the world. It is essential that a stroke is detected as soon as possible. The sooner treatment takes place the less damage will be suffered.
You have to act quickly with stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims. There are strict time limits with bringing a claim. Our team of specialist solicitors can advise you more about this Call us on 0800 644 4240.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is where the blood supply is cut off to the brain. The brain is an organ which requires the blood which carries the oxygen for it to function properly.
A stroke is very serious and can be life threatening. Such conditions are a medical emergency and require immediate treatment. There are two types of strokes:
- A haemorrhagic Stroke
This is where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts causing brain damages.
This is where the blood supply stops due to a blood clot.
“Mini- strokes” can also occur which is when there is temporary interruption to the blood flowing to the brain. This is caused by a temporary dysfunction to the neurological part of the brain which controls blood flow.
Strokes are very serious and need to be dealt with by expert medical professionals. If strokes are not dealt with by an expert mistakes can happen leading to stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims.
When to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
You will have either seen the advert on the television or heard the advert on the radio raising awareness for how to detect if someone is having a stroke. Remember the word FAST, Face-Arms- Speech-Time.
- Face – the face may have dropped to one side and the person suffering the stroke may not be able to smile or their eye may have dropped.
- Arms – the person may not be able to lift both arms because of arm weakness or numbness.
- Speech – their speech may be slurred or may not be able to speak at all.
- Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if any of these symptoms are spotted.
Medical professionals must be vigilant for any symptom of a stroke. If they are not, symptoms can be negligently missed leading to stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims.
Who is at Risk of a Stroke?
Every year around approximately 152,000 times a stroke is suffered in the UK. It is one of the largest causes of disability.
People over the age of 65 are at most risk of suffering a stroke, although can still happen at any age, even in children.
People who are Asian, Caribbean or African are also at a higher risk. This is because of a predisposition to develop high blood pressure.
Those categories of people who are smokers, overweight, high cholesterol, poor diet, and diabetes are also at risk of suffering a stroke. Medical professionals need to be aware of patients who are at higher risk of having a stroke. If they are not, it can lead to stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims.
How Should a Stroke be Treated?
If a medical professional does not provide you with the correct treatment for a stroke, the effects can be extremely serious and can lead to stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims.
The treatment needed depends on three things:
- The type of stroke you have suffered
- Which part of the brain has been affected, and
- What has caused the stroke
In most cases they are treated with medication which is used to prevent and remove blood clots, reduce your blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
In some the brain may be swelling and in these circumstances surgery may be needed.
For the two different types of strokes, the correct treatment is:
A combination of medications will need to be taken in order to prevent an ischaemic stroke from re-occurring. These include:
- Injections of a medication called Alteplase
This medication dissolves the blood clots and restores the flow of blood to the brain. This process is known as Thrombolysis.
This medication must be started straightaway. If four and half hours have passed it is usually not effective. However before it is administered a brain scan should be carried out to confirm the diagnosis of an ischaemic stroke, if a haemorrhagic stroke has occurred Alteplase can make the bleeding worse.
Usually aspirin which is a type of antiplatelet is given. This makes the cells in the blood also known as platelets less likely to stick and therefore reduces the chances of another blood clot forming.
Clopidogrel and Dipyridamole are other examples.
These help to reduce your blood pressure if it is high. The most common medicines used are calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, alpha blockers, and thiazide diuretics.
This is additional medication usually provided to prevent the risk of a blood clot forming again in the future. They change the chemical composition of the blood so that it prevents the blood clot from forming again. Examples are Warfarin, Dabigatran, and Apixaban.
They are usually suffered to those patients who have a history of blood clots, a risk of develop deep vein thrombosis or an irregular heartbeat.
These help to reduce your cholesterol level if it is too high. They do this by clocking an enzyme in the liver which produces the chemial.
- Carotid endarterectomy
In some cases an ischaemic stroke can be brought on by the narrowing of an artery in the neck which carried the blood to the brain. This artery is called the carotid artery. The narrowing is usually called by fatty deposits building up.
If this occurs then surgery is offered to unblock the artery and allow the blood to flow freely to the brain. During the procedure the surgeon will make an incision in the neck to open up the artery and will remove the fatty deposits.
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Medication and/ or surgery are usually offered to those suffering with Haemorrhagic strokes.
This includes ACE inhibitors which are used to lower the blood pressure and prevent any further strokes from occurring.
Emergency surgery may need to be carried out in order to remove the any blood from the brain and repair any blood vessels. This type of surgery is called a craniotomy.
During the surgery the surgeon will cut away a section of the skull so he or she can access the cause of the bleeding. He or she will then repair any damaged blood vessels and remove any blood clots which are present.
There is also a type of surgery which may be offered to those who have suffered a condition known as “Hydrocephalus”. This is a complication of a haemorrhagic stroke and is where damage resulting from the stroke has caused cerebrospinal fluid to build up in the ventricles of the brain. The condition causes symptoms like vomiting, headaches, and loss of balance.
What is a Stroke Misdiagnosis?
Every doctor or consultant at a hospital owes every patient a duty of care to provide the correct treatment. If they fail to do this and harm has arisen it can result in stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims.
A Stroke misdiagnosis can occur any of the following scenarios:
- There is an adequate description taken of your history of symptoms
- Your age or past medical history is not properly considered.
- The tests carried out such as a CT scan of the brain is misinterpreted.
- There is a delay in carrying out the clinical tests or providing the necessary treatment
- The doctor misdiagnosed you with an ischaemic stroke instead of a haemorrhagic stroke and the medication given was wrong
- The incorrect treatment is provided
The damage caused by a stroke misdiagnosis can be catastrophic. Stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims are often the only way to obtain justice for your suffering.
Long term rehabilitation may be needed because you have been left with a permanent disability. You may need specialist equipment and care to help you with day to day activities. This can have a financial impact as you cannot return to work or you have to pay for a carer or equipment. If there has been a stroke misdiagnosis then as part of your claim our solicitors can help you seek reimbursement for these expenses and help you to claim loss of earnings.
Our team of stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims solicitors understand this is an extremely difficult time and are here to discuss your case and help you through it.
How Can We Help?
We understand that victims of medical negligence are hesitant about bringing stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims. Our team of solicitors can help discuss the process and make it as straightforward as possible. Our solicitors are experts in stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims.
We help you to investigate what happened and to put things right. Many of our solicitors have investigated stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims and gained a fantastic result for victims. Not only have they secured the compensation they deserve but they have also helped to get an apology from the Trust. They have helped to ensure that lessons are learnt at the hospital Trust and raised increase awareness on patient safety.
No Win No Fee Stroke Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims
Our medical negligence solicitors will represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. There is no cost to you if the claim is unsuccessful. You will obtain the maximum compensation available to you.
Our solicitors will also discuss any other options that are available regarding you case.
How Much Compensation For Stroke Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims?
The amount of compensation you could receive for stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims varies depending on the impact of the medical mistake. The amount of compensation you are awarded will depend on the extent of your suffering and the details of your case. It will also depend on your personal circumstances.
Our solicitors will be able to guide you through the levels of compensation available based on your own circumstances as well as advise on how to get an apology from the hospital Trust or GP. Contact them today for a Free Case Assessment.