Delayed or Missed Stroke Diagnosis
Your negligence claims support for a delayed or missed stroke diagnosis.
If there has been a delay in diagnosing a stroke or the incorrect treatment has been provided to treat the stroke, you may be entitled to bring a medical negligence claim for an award of compensation.
It is important to treat or seek medical attention as soon as stroke symptoms are present, as the sooner a patient receives treatment, the less damage caused. If treatment is delayed, a patient has an increased chance of more long-term effects.
Depression and anxiety are common in patients who have had a stroke, and a stroke may affect a patient cognitively, affecting their memory, concentration, and communication. If there is a delay in a stroke diagnosis, more extensive neurological damage may occur, leaving a patient paralysed or permanently disabled. Patients may require rehabilitation, such as speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological therapy.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition caused when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, causing brain cells to die. The common symptoms of a stroke include your face dropping on one side, being unable to lift both arms and keep them raised and slurred speech (FAST Face, Arms, Speech Test).
A stroke can lead to a brain injury, disability, or death. Patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular heartbeat, or diabetes have an increased risk of stroke.
The two leading causes of a stroke are when the blood supply is stopped because of a blood clot in the brain– Ischaemic (leading cause for a stroke) or when a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts- Haemorrhagic. A Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) is when the blood supply to the brain is temporarily interrupted. This type of stroke is temporary and can last up to 24 hours.
The usual treatment for a stroke is medication; Alteplase is used to dissolve any blood clots; Aspirin and Anticoagulants are used to reduce the chances/prevent any other clots from forming, and, in some cases, surgery may be required.
How Graystons can help.
Graystons are dedicated to each and every individual client we serve and take pride in our unique client-focused approach. Every client has a dedicated solicitor who will be on hand in person, on the phone, via email or video link. We work with our clients to ensure that the approach to their claim is what works best for them as an individual.
We are recognised as specialists in Clinical Negligence. Fully accredited members of the Association of Victims of Medical Accidents and the Law Society panel of clinical negligence specialists.
If you have suffered and would like advice from a specialist solicitor, please call us on 0151 645 0055 or contact us via the form below. Where we would be pleased to provide a free, no-obligation chat to discuss your options.
By Richard Roberts - Solicitor
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Graystons solicitors have the expertise to deal with all stroke injury claims caused as a result of medical negligence.
As a specialised niche firm that deals exclusively with medical negligence claims, Graystons has the ability to give your injury claim the attention it deserves. By making a claim, we may be able to ensure the individual is compensated for the injury itself and also provide for the cost of future caring needs and any assistive technology the individual needs.