Failure to diagnose an aneurysm

A brain aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel wall is weakened causing a bulging in the vessel when blood passes through it. It is not common but there is a risk that the aneurysm may rupture causing bleeding and extensive brain damage. Many patients pass away from a ruptured aneurysm. However, if it is detected before it ruptures, the risk of this can be reduced. Occasionally, brain aneurysms cause symptoms if they are large enough to press on nerves in the brain. These may include vision problems, pain around the eye or on one side of the face, difficulty moving one eye, difficulty moving the facial muscles, headaches and some seizures. However, some people have little to no symptoms. The blood vessels may weaken due to high blood pressure or a family history of aneurysms.

If there is a risk that an aneurysm may rupture, treatment may be given to help prevent this. The failure to diagnose an aneurysm can result in the condition progressing causing damage to the nerves in the brain.

Complications of a brain aneurysm

If you have experienced any of the symptoms of a brain aneurysm or you are experiencing pain around the eyes and face, a visit to the doctor can rule out any other conditions or illnesses. Your doctor should preferably refer you to a neurologist to conduct appropriate scans to detect any abnormalities. However, if you experience these symptoms and there is a failure to diagnose an aneurysm, there may be a higher risk of it bursting. Many patients who have been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm have to make some lifestyle changes in order to prevent the aneurysm from bursting. If you have not been diagnosed with an aneurysm and it is causing you pain or suffering, you may be able to claim compensation where there is evidence that someone was negligent when diagnosing you.

How to claim for negligence

Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with any compensation claim you want to make if there is evidence that a medical professional has been negligent. If you were misdiagnosed with another condition or were not diagnosed at all, your condition may progress risking your health. As a law firm which helps victims of negligence, we can provide you with the support you need to claim compensation for your suffering. Call us on our free 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to obtain some no-obligation advice regarding your case.

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