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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
Can I sue the NHS?
Before making a claim it is worth taking note of the following point.
Check that your medical issues are grounds for negligence, and not a simple complaint procedure. Complaints about procedure dissatisfaction, or seeking an apology / admission for lack of care / treatment should go to PALS. Read more about suing the nhs.
When you might have a claim
Injury, continuous pain or loss due to the act of a practitioner or general lack of care at the NHS is an entirely different matter. You might very well have a claim. The duty of care might have been breached meaning the health care professional/s did not provide the expected level of care. If you believe you deserve compensation you may have a medical negligence claim. Read more about how to claim against the NHS here.
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