Case Study: Failure to Diagnose a Sub-arachnoid Haemorrhage

Compensation: £400,000

Violet, 51 years old, Cardiff

Violet went to her GP complaining of an intense headache, the like of which she had never experienced before. The GP immediately sent her to hospital for a CT scan as he suspected a cerebral (brain) bleed. By the time she was examined by a fairly junior doctor the headache was settling a little and the brain scan was not performed. She was diagnosed as having migraine and sent home with painkillers.

Large bleed leading to severe disability

Six days later she had a large bleed into the brain that left her severely disabled and with impaired vision. Often small bleeds act as a warning sign of large bleeds. It is essential that every opportunity to diagnose and treat a bleed is taken to limit the extent of injury to a patient.


The hospital admitted liability and settled out of court. JMW Solicitors was successful in obtaining £400,000 for Violet which helps with the cost of care and adaptations to her home.

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