If mistakes have been made when diagnosing a stroke, the effects on you or a loved one can be devastating. Slater and Gordon’s specialist legal experts can help get the compensation you deserve.
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When does a stroke become a medical negligence claims?
If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, it can be completely devastating and life-changing. When a stroke occurs or is made worse as a result of mistakes made by a medical professional, you may be entitled to compensation for medical negligence.
What are the most common mistakes in stroke claims?
There are a number of mistakes that medical professionals can make that can lead to a stroke claim, such as:
- Not monitoring patients who are at risk of having a stroke due to their medication and suffering a stroke
- Not monitoring patients who have hypertension and suffer a stroke
- Not monitoring patients who have high blood pressure and suffer a stroke
However, the most common mistake is failing to recognise the signs of a stroke and ensuring they get immediate medical attention. If the first signs of a stroke are recognised quickly, and there’s immediate medical intervention, there’s a much better chance of recovery.
What are the warning signs of a stroke?
Most people have heard of the FAST test as it’s been well promoted within the UK and as a result of the FAST tests, many lives have been saved. The FAST test is a way for you to easily remember the signs of a stroke, which are:
Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech: Can the person speak clearly? Is their speech slurred?
Time: If you see any of the three signs, you must call 999.
Other signs which must be taken seriously are:
- Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, legs, hands or feet
- Difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences
- Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes
- Sudden memory loss or confusion, dizziness or a sudden fall
- Sudden severe headache
If a medical professional has not recognised any of the warning signs of a stroke, and has therefore caused delays in a diagnosis, you may have the right to compensation
How much does it cost to make a stroke claim?
The majority of our stroke negligence claims are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, otherwise known as a No Win No Fee Agreement. This means if you lose your case, you will not have to pay any fees and therefore, there’s no financial risk to you. For further information about No Win No Fee agreements, read our .
How much can I claim for stroke negligence?
Every case is different, and the final amount of compensation awarded will be based on the severity of the injury and the affect the injury has had on your life. Additionally, you’ll also be able to claim for any lost earnings, any long-term care, and any necessary to maximise the chance of recovery and independent living.
We’ll also ensure that any compensation claim includes the cost of everything necessary to provide you with the best quality of life possible in the future, such as future care costs, future treatment and future loss of earnings.
How much time do I have to claim?
If you believe you have a claim, it’s important that you seek advice from a lawyer who specialises in medical negligence cases as soon as possible, as there are time limits in place in England, Scotland and Wales. Generally, a claim should be made within three years from the date the negligence occurred or the date you were first aware that you had suffered a significant injury or illness due to negligence. However, there are exceptions. To read more about the time limits of making a claim, please read our or our .
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
We have many years' experience securing compensation for those who’ve suffered as a result of a stroke caused or made worse by medical negligence and will handle your case with the utmost sensitivity and with great care.
As well as lawyers who are experts in the field of medical negligence, we also have trained nurses and midwives on our team. We offer home and hospital visits and provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support.
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