Every year in the UK, around 152,000 people will suffer a stroke. In fact, strokes are the third largest cause of deaths amongst UK adults, leaving many sufferers brain damaged or disabled. Strokes are a serious medical condition and there are two main types:
- Haemorrhagic – where a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing brain damage
- Ischaemic – where a blood clot stops the blood supply to the brain
Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) or ‘mini-stroke’ can occur and is often a warning sign of a stroke. Symptoms of strokes can be remembered using the FAST acronym:
- Face – the face may drop on one side and they may be unable to smile
- Arms – may be unable to lift one or both arms due to numbness or weakness
- Speech – this may be slurred or garbled, or they may be unable to talk at all
- Time – if you spot these symptoms, it’s time to dial 999 now
Strokes are usually treated with medicine, although surgery may be required. The damage caused can be long-lasting and sometimes a long period of rehabilitation is needed, with many people never fully recovering from their stroke. Failure to diagnose a stroke can impact a person’s well-being and future.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence
If you have suffered a long-term disability or have been affected by failure to diagnose a stroke, taking action and claiming compensation for your suffering could be a viable option. Medical professionals must meet certain standards, and if negligence has occurred which has left you injured, contacting a personal injury lawyer will help you to explore your options when it comes to claiming compensation. The amount of damages awarded will take into account any pain and suffering, the future cost of any care you may need and any loss of earnings as a result of your injuries.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today
Why not take the 30-second test on our website, to find out how much compensation you may be eligible to claim? Then call our freephone helpline and we’ll normally be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable. We’ve been dealing with medical negligence claims since 2000, and our team of professional personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential advice; there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. What’s more, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no expensive upfront fees to worry about. Call us today and see how we can help you get the ball rolling on your claim.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown