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If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a stroke, then time is if the essence if permanent damage is to be minimised. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted and the longer the blockage remains, the greater the damage suffered by the patient. Effective treatments are available to mitigate the worst effects of a stroke, but most will only be effective if they are administered within the first few hours after the event.
Medical negligence claims
Strokes are usually initially diagnosed through the observation of the patient’s physical symptoms – for example numbness on one side of the face or body – and confirmed through the use of blood tests, CT or MRI scans, angiograms, ultrasound and other forms of sophisticated diagnostic equipment. In addition, some patients may experience a TIA (transient ischemic attack), sometimes known as a mini-stroke, which leaves no symptoms behind but is a key warning sign that a full stroke is on the way.
It is important not only that the medical practitioner correctly identifies that a stroke has occurred, but also the type of stroke and area of the brain that is affected, as treatments for different types vary. Medical negligence claims usually emanate from a failure to recognise symptoms in time for effective treatment to be applied. Read more>> how to sue for medical negligence