Brain injury claims due to clinical negligence
- Clinical negligence claims commonly arise where there has been a delay in diagnosis and treatment or your illness has been mismanaged.
- Where there has been an error in treatment, our aim is to help you rebuild your life by obtaining compensation at the earliest possible stage.
A brain injury can be caused by any number of factors which include:
- A direct impact on the brain resulting from a blow to the head
- Mistakes and / or delays in diagnosing and treating an illness such as meningitis
- Lack of oxygen to the brain during birth resulting in cerebral palsy
- Inappropriate medication resulting from a prescription error
- A brain haemorrhage resulting from a ruptured aneurysm
In the case of a brain haemorrhage there are broadly four types.
- Subdural haemorrhage
- Extradural haemorrhage
- Subarachnoid haemorrhage
- Intracerebral haemorrhage
Symptoms of a brain haemorrhage
The symptoms of a brain haemorrhage vary depending on a number of factors, including the severity and location of the bleeding and the amount of tissue that is affected. They may develop gradually over time or appear suddenly. Any combination of symptoms that a patient develops can be life-threatening, and it is essential that they receive urgent medical assistance to reduce the risk of long-term harm and complications.
Some of the symptoms include:
- A sudden, severe headache
- A sudden seizure(s)
- Weakness in limbs/ tingling and numbness
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Loss of consciousness
- Vision changes
- Decreased alertness/ lethargy
A brain haemorrhage can occur at any time to a person of any age without any warning. Subarachnoid and intracerebral haemorrhages are more likely to happen spontaneously. 75% of subarachnoid haemorrhages are caused by a fault in a blood vessel called an “aneurysm”. The ruptured aneurysm requires urgent treatment as once an aneurysm has bled there is a high risk of re-bleeding in the short term. In most cases the aneurysm goes undetected until it bursts.
Diagnosis is usually made by CT scan and occasionally lumbar puncture. If the test appears positive, you will be referred for further investigation and treatment if necessary. Your options for treatment will be based on your individual results.
The aim of treatment is to prevent another bleed. Your neurosurgeon, interventional radiologist and multidisciplinary team will choose the most effective treatment for you.
Sometimes a brain haemorrhage can occur after a seemingly minor head injury. Symptoms can develop rapidly or can take a number of weeks to develop. In all cases urgent investigation and medical treatment is required to avoid brain damage or death.
Rebuilding your life
Clinical negligence claims can arise in a variety of circumstances dependent upon the nature of an injury but commonly arise where there has been a delay in diagnosis and treatment or the wrong management has taken place.
It is vital in any brain injury case that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Where a compensation claim does exist and errors in treatment have arisen our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation, wherever possible at any early stage, to assist you with your recovery to include needs relating to:
- Aids and equipment
- Care support
- Therapeutic services
- Case management.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice and support in relation to your ongoing entitlement to health and social care provision and support at home or in the community.
Many people who suffer as a result of a brain haemorrhage require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can advise and support you.
If you think you or a loved one may have an injury as a result of clinical negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you. If you have suffered a brain haemorrhage which was misdiagnosed resulting in a delay in your treatment then you may have a claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of clinical negligence please contact Anne Cassidy.
We have offices in Richmond, London, Southampton, Guildford, Woking and Lymington. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.