Brain Injury


Delayed diagnosis of stroke

Strokes are a medical emergency. It is important to get medical attention, fast. If not treated in time, or prevented from occurring in the first place, strokes can cause debilitating brain damage by cutting off or reducing the oxygen supply to the brain for a period of time. Some people are at higher risk of stroke than others, and sometimes claims can arise where a GP or other medical professional has failed to provide the appropriate medication or treatment to a patient that would have prevented a stroke occurring. Claims are also possible when someone has gone to their GP or hospital with early symptoms of a stroke, and has not been given the necessary tests and treatment in time, or has been incorrectly diagnosed and sent away.

Compensation after stroke

A brain injury caused by stroke will often leave behind serious and permanent disabilities for the sufferer, leading to the need for care, therapies, aids and equipment, adapted housing and a host of other costly rehabilitation needs. Compensation from a medical negligence claim can provide the financial security to cover these costs, allowing access to the best support and rehabilitation to achieve the best possible recovery.

How we can help

Our specialist brain injury solicitors have helped many clients who have been left with speech problems, mobility problems and a loss of cognitive and other abilities because of a stroke, by successfully proving that medical negligence was the cause, and then obtaining compensation to provide the best rehabilitation available. Contact us for some free and informal expert advice to see if we can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you or someone you know has suffered a stroke due to medical negligence then you may be entitles to make a claim. This could include patients who were not properly diagnosed, treated or monitored for conditions that can lead to a stroke, or who experienced complications during or after a medical procedure that resulted in a stroke.

In some cases, if the person who suffered the stroke has passed away and it can be proven that medical negligence was the cause of the stroke, their family members or estate may be able to make a claim on their behalf.

A stroke caused by medical negligence is a stroke that could have been prevented if proper medical care had been provided. Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide the expected standard of care, leading to harm or injury to the patient.

There are several ways in which medical negligence can cause a stroke, including:

  1. Misdiagnosis: If a healthcare professional fails to properly diagnose conditions that can lead to a stroke, such as high blood pressure or a heart condition, the patient may not receive the necessary treatment to prevent a stroke.

  2. Delayed diagnosis: If a healthcare professional delays in diagnosing conditions that can lead to a stroke, the patient may miss out on vital treatment that could have prevented the stroke.

  3. Medical errors: If a healthcare professional makes an error during a medical procedure, such as surgery, that leads to a stroke, the patient may be able to make a medical negligence claim.

  4. Failure to properly monitor: If a healthcare professional fails to properly monitor a patient who is at risk of a stroke, such as a patient recovering from surgery, the patient may suffer a stroke that could have been prevented.

Yes, it is possible to get compensation for a stroke if it was caused by the negligence of a healthcare professional or facility. Compensation may cover a variety of expenses and losses, including medical bills, lost wages or income, pain and suffering, and other related costs.

To receive compensation for a stroke, you would need to file a medical negligence claim or lawsuit against the healthcare professional or facility that was responsible for the stroke. To do so, you would need to prove that the stroke was caused by the negligence of the healthcare professional or facility, and that you suffered damages as a result.

It is important to pursue your stroke claim as quickly as possible due to time limits and to also enable us to help you obtain compensation as soon as possible. This is especially the case in complex cases as the process can be lengthy.

You have to start your claim within 3-years (limitation period) from when the injury occurred or when you first became aware of any potential negligence or injury as a result. However, the time limit only begins when a child reaches 18 years of age.

For someone who lacks capacity to pursue any litigation, the 3-year time period may never start to run although capacity can return or be intermittent.

There may be several options open to you to include legal aid, No Win No Fee and legal expense insurance. We can advise you on the correct funding method for you. We have designed a No Win No Fee package to protect you from paying any costs should your claim not be successful.

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