A stroke is a devastating condition and is the fourth highest cause of death in the UK. If a stroke is misdiagnosed or diagnosis is delayed a compensation claim may be made. This is because negligence resulting in a stroke misdiagnosis can cause serious complications such as brain damage and even death.
At Devonshires Claims, our medical negligence Solicitors will sensitively advise and represent you in a stroke misdiagnosis or negligent treatment compensation claim on a ‘No Win No Fee‘ basis. We will tenaciously fight in your corner to get you answers as to how and why your stroke was misdiagnosed and seek damages required to pay for private rehabilitation, loss of income, medical-related expenses, and any adjustments to your accommodation.
Reasons to bring a claim for stroke misdiagnosis
Time is of the essence when it comes to the treatment and diagnosis of a stroke. The quicker you get medical attention, the greater your chances of recovery. Most people have no choice but to rely on the knowledge of healthcare professionals to identify a stroke and to take prompt action accordingly. GPs and hospitals owe a duty of care. Patients given the wrong diagnosis, and hence put on a treatment plan which is not appropriate for their needs, or diagnosed too late, risk life-changing injury.
You may be able to bring a claim for stroke misdiagnosis if you have been:
- Given an incorrect diagnosis
- Told you did not have stroke when you did
- Given the wrong treatment
- Given a delayed diagnosis
If you are unsure if what happened to you was an act of medical negligence, contact our stroke misdiagnosis claims team who will take the time to listen with empathy and advise if you have a valid compensation claim.
Devonshires Claims’ highly experienced experts will support you through the whole process of obtaining compensation if you have experienced negligent care or treatment relating to your stroke. For more information or to start your free case evaluation, contact our ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence solicitors today on 0333 577 9444, email [email protected] or complete our online form.
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A stroke happens when the brain is deprived of oxygen. The most common cause of this is a blood clot cutting of oxygen supply to the brain or a vessel supplying blood to the brain bursts.
The longer the brain is deprived of oxygen, the more damage caused. That is why quick, accurate diagnosis of a stroke is crucial.
According to the NHS the main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST:
- Face – the face drops or the mouth or eye on one side droops
- Arms – the person is unable to lift their arm
- Speech – garbled or slurred speech or a loss of voice or loss of understanding of what you are saying to them
- Time – call 999 immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.
Other signs and symptoms may include:
- complete paralysis of one side of the body
- sudden loss or blurring of vision
- difficulty understanding what others are saying
- problems with balance and co-ordination
- difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- a sudden and very severe headache resulting in a blinding pain unlike anything experienced before
- loss of consciousness
If a stroke is misdiagnosed or diagnosis is delayed severe consequences can occur, including:
- loss of speech
- one-sided physical impairment
- loss of vision
- reduced memory and other cognitive function
Other complications can be caused if diagnosis is delayed or missed including a severe brain injury that can leave a person needing 24/7 care for the rest of their lives.
To make a compensation claim for stroke misdiagnosis, speak to one of our medical negligence Solicitors. They will take the time to listen to the details of your case in a sensitive and caring manner and advise if you have grounds for a claim. They will assess if you were owed a duty of care, whether the duty of care was breached, and whether breaching the duty of care caused your injuries. If these elements can be proven with evidence, you may have a strong case for compensation.
Your Solicitor will handle your case for you, including collating the necessary evidence (including medical records and correspondence) and will write to the organisation responsible for your care outlining the grounds for your claim.
There is a three year limitation period to bring medical negligence claims in the UK. The three year limit runs from the date of the injury or the date of knowledge of the injury. In rare circumstances, the Court may use its discretion to extend the limitation period, but only for exceptional reasons.
Yes; Devonshires Claims can provide:
- ‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for stroke misdiagnosis compensation claims.
- ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement is also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you will not be charged any costs if your case is not successful*.
If you win your case, you will pay a maximum of 25% of your damages in Solicitor’s fees**.
For more information on our ‘No Win – No Fee’ agreement, please click here.
Medical negligence injury claims are rarely completed quickly. The timescale for a stroke misdiagnosis injury claim will depend on individual circumstances of your case; however, most cases commonly take between 2 and 3 years to fully conclude.
Compensation claims for stroke misdiagnosis not only reflect the physical and mental pain and suffering experienced but also:
- Allow victims to obtain justice for the mistreatment and negligence they experienced
- Highlight failings in clinical practice, standards of care and protocols
- Provide families with an explanation of the incident and an apology if shortcomings are acknowledged
The compensation payment will depend on several factors:
- The pain and suffering of the victim
- The prognosis of the victim
- The impact of the delay and / or negligence on health and quality of life – including current and future care requirements, medical aids, home adaptations or other necessary assistance
- Any financial losses experienced as a result of the injuries – including past loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses and equipment costs
- Any future financial losses, e.g. loss of earnings, loss of promotion prospects, pension
Compensation for stroke claims injury fall into two main categories:
- General compensation (General Damages): this includes compensation for pain and suffering and the impact of the injury on lifestyle and quality of life.
- Financial losses and expenses (Special Damages): these include the costs associated with private treatment, care support, travel expenses, other medical expenses, specialist equipment and loss of income.
Contact our stroke misdiagnosis solicitors today
Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence and compensation claims experts will carefully assess your case and will tenaciously fight to obtain the maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained due to the misdiagnosis of your stroke. Our team are compassionate and driven, and we will put you in touch with other support services such as counsellors and clinical case managers who can help you recover.