It is difficult to find a scenario in which there is any justifiable defence against compensation claims for the misdiagnosis of a stroke. Only in circumstances in which there has been a transient ischaemic attack (otherwise known as a “mini-stroke”) might it be difficult for a trained medical practitioner to identify the symptoms of a stroke and provide treatment immediately.
Any delay in providing treatment for a stroke can result in long term and widespread consequences – not just for the individual, but also for their family as well. Consequently, if you or a loved one have suffered a stroke which was not diagnosed at once and treated as a medical emergency, you should speak with a medical negligence solicitor about claiming stroke misdiagnosis compensation.
Making Compensation Claims for the Misdiagnosis of a Stroke
The symptoms of a stroke are recognisable to most people, and usually emergency response teams will make the initial diagnosis before taking the patient to hospital. If the emergency response team fails to recognise the symptoms of a stroke, a doctor should then make a correct diagnosis when the patient arrives at the emergency room.
If you or a loved one were not treated with medication to prevent further blood clots, reduce your blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels, your solicitor will request access to your medical records to find out why not. The medical records will be reviewed by an independent medical expert, who will confirm that the misdiagnosis of a stroke was attributable to medical negligence.
Subsequently, your solicitor will send a “Letter of Claim” to the NHS Trust responsible for your care to advise it that you are claiming stroke misdiagnosis compensation. The Letter of Claim will be supported by the evidence of negligence identified by the medical expert, and the NHS Trust will be given ninety days to respond with an admission of liability for your avoidable injury.
Settlements of Stroke Misdiagnosis Compensation
Settlements of stroke misdiagnosis compensation vary dramatically according to the nature and extent of the stroke. Undoubtedly there will be a deterioration in your quality of life due to your brain not functioning with the same clarity as before, and it is likely that you will experience periods of tiredness, coordination problems, occasional dizziness and a weakness on one side of your body.
Possibly the most important consideration in the settlement of compensation claims for the misdiagnosis of a stroke is the cost of rehabilitation. Unfortunately our under-resourced National Health Service only provides limited facilities for the rehabilitation of stroke victims, and it is likely that the only way you will receive appropriate post-stroke care is to pay for it privately. This will be taken into account in the settlement of your stroke misdiagnosis compensation, as will future transport costs if you are unable to drive, and loss of income if you are no longer able to work.
Because of the many different factors that have to be considered in the settlement of compensation claims for the misdiagnosis of a stroke, no two cases are identical. Consequently you are advised to discuss the consequences of your misdiagnosed stroke with a medical negligence solicitor at the first practical opportunity.
Legal Advice about a Misdiagnosed Stroke
A major consequence of a stroke is speech issues. Therefore, if you would like to find out more about compensation claims for the misdiagnosis of a stroke, you are invited to call our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau, where a medical negligence solicitor will be able to discuss the circumstances of your misdiagnosed stroke patiently and with consideration for any speech or concentration issues you have sustained.
Our solicitor will be able to answer any legal questions you may have about compensation claims for the misdiagnosis of a stroke, and although he or she will not be able to confirm your entitlement to compensation during an initial telephone conversation, you will be advised of all the options that are available to you once negligence is confirmed.
There is no obligation on you to proceed with a claim for stroke misdiagnosis compensation once you have spoken with us. The aim of our service is to provide impartial legal advice about compensation claims for the misdiagnosis of a stroke so that you can make an informed decision about whether you have a claim for stroke misdiagnosis compensation that may be worth your while to pursue.