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The dangers of failing to recognise a Stroke - Stroke Awareness Month, May 2018

April 29, 2018

May marks The Stroke Association's Stroke Awareness month. As part of their activities they are running a Make May Purple campaign with the aim of raising awareness about this potentially devastating condition, as well as providing support to people who have been affected by stroke and helping sufferers regain their independence.

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What is a stroke?

A stroke is an attack on the brain that cuts off the blood supply to part of the brain. It happens very suddenly and without the necessary blood, brain cells start to become damaged.

A stroke is usually caused by a blocked artery which can be as a result of many things including age and lifestyle choices. It can also be caused by certain  medical conditions or treatments.

A stroke can cause a host of life changing injuries depending on which part of your brain suffers the damage, and these can include difficulties with speaking and writing, tiredness, problems with physical movement and so on. Whilst some symptoms can be temporary and a full recovery can be made, some are permanent and irreversible. A stroke can also lead to death. The Stroke Association advise that 1 in 8 people die as a result of a stroke.

Treatment

As with most things, quick medical intervention is key and the sooner you receive treatment the better your chances will be for a good recovery. 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced guidelines that medical practitioners should adhere to and The National Stroke Strategy, published December 2007, provides a guide to high-quality care for those affected by stroke. This guide recommends a rapid response to a 999 call for suspected stroke, prompt transfer to a hospital providing specialist care and an urgent brain scan, amongst other things.

Medical negligence and stroke

It is sometimes the case however that these guidelines are not adhered to and a patient’s condition becomes much worse because of a failure on the part of his treating doctors. In such situations you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation.

Compensation for stroke sufferers

In one such case a woman was awarded £735,000.00 after being left paralysed on the left hand side following a stroke.

She had visited her GP in the weeks prior to the stroke, complaining of common symptoms including headaches, heaviness in her left arm which developed into complete weakness, a numb lip and drooling. 

Unfortunately her GP failed to refer her for further treatment or investigation and she subsequently suffered a stroke.

Negligent treatment for stroke patients    

If you have suffered from a stroke and experienced negligent treatment that may have led to a worse prognosis than would otherwise have been the case, it may be possible to make a claim.  

Here at Metcalfes we have an experienced team who specialise in cases involving negligent treatment of stroke patients and we can help guide you through the claims process in a sympathetic and understanding manner.

Please contact us on 0117 239 8012.  Alternatively, you can email us by using our online contact form and we will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.

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The dangers of failing to recognise a Stroke - Stroke Awareness Month, May 2018

Nikki Green

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