When somebody suffers a stroke, you need to act quickly. A stroke occurs when part of the brain is deprived of oxygen, usually due to a blood clot blocking a blood vessel or a burst blood vessel. Brain damage can occur quickly, so use the FAST test (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) to recognise symptoms of stroke. Remember, the quicker you act when treating a stroke, the less brain damage will occur.
- Ask the person to smile – if they have had a stroke their mouth may droop and they may only be able to smile on one side
- Ask them to raise their arms; you may find they can only raise one arm
- Ask them to speak – if they struggle to respond, they may have suffered a stroke
- Call 999 – always tell the operator that you have used the FAST test and suspect the person has had a stroke
If you fail to act quickly when treating a stroke, more damage can occur to the person’s brain and they may be left mentally or physically disabled, or take longer to recover from their stroke.
Have you suffered a stroke?
If you have suffered a stroke and you believe that somebody else’s negligence caused unnecessary suffering, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. For example, if you collapse in a busy shop and nobody carries out the FAST test, there may be a delay in calling 999, which could leave you suffering brain damage that could have been avoided. If someone you love has been affected by stroke, contact a personal injury lawyer to explore your options.
Can you claim compensation?
Whether or not you can claim compensation depends on your individual circumstances, but here at Accident Advice Helpline, we treat each claim on an individual basis. You can call our freephone helpline at any time for confidential, no-obligation advice – we are open 24/7 – and we’ll usually tell you straight away if you have a viable claim. We offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, and you could even find out right now how much you could claim; take the 30-second test on our website. We have been in the personal injury industry for 14 years, so you can trust us to handle your claim professionally and efficiently. So however you and your family has been affected by stroke, get in touch with us today.