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Brain Aneurysm Negligence Claims
If a brain aneurysm was not detected or treated when it should have been, the consequences can be very serious. If this has happened to you or somebody that you know, you may be able to make a compensation claim for the pain and suffering caused.
The medical negligence team at JMW is here to provide the support and advice you need to give you the very best chance of a successful outcome.
Speak to a member of the team about your brain aneurysm negligence claim today by calling us on 0800 054 6512 or by completing our online enquiry form. We can discuss your situation in more depth and provide the assurances you need.We may also be able to take on your case on a no win, no fee basis.
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How JMW Can Help
JMW offers free initial advice on making a claim, evaluating whether you have a case. Our team is highly experienced in helping those who have been unfortunate enough to suffer a brain aneurysm that should have otherwise been detected and treated. We can provide the guidance you need and help to secure the compensation to which you are entitled.
We have many years of experience in claiming against the NHS and private healthcare providers on behalf of clients who have suffered due to negligence. We understand the devastation that such cases can cause, which is why we will work tirelessly to secure compensation.
Headed by leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones, our team is renowned for its skill and experience nationwide. It includes members of both the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence solicitors and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel
Where appropriate, we are able to offer a no win, no fee service
How to Make a Brain Aneurysm Claim
If left unchecked, an aneurysm can have very serious consequences. A medical negligence claim may, therefore, be brought if any of the following has occurred causing injury
- Delays when diagnosing a brain aneurysm
- Delays in treating a brain aneurysm
- Surgery not being performed in a reasonable period of time
- Premature discharge from hospital, before surgery has been performed
- Preventative treatment not performed
- Rehabilitative therapy delayed or not provided
The compensation you are awarded can then go towards:
- The costs associated with any subsequent treatment required
- Ensuring the individual(s) responsible is held accountable for their errors
- Compensating you and your family for the emotional distress caused by negligence
If you think you have been affected by negligence, the first step is to get in touch with our specialist team at JMW to discuss what happened to you. From there, we will help you understand whether you have an eligible claim and, if you do, start working on putting a strong case together.
This will involve us carefully analysing patient records and consulting with independent medical experts to gather key evidence and put you in the strongest possible position.
In addition, we know how important it is for you to move forward with your life as quickly as possible, so, where possible, we will work to obtain interim payments to fund the costs of any immediate care you may require.
What is a brain aneurysm?
A brain aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in a blood vessel wall in the brain combined with the pressure of the circulating blood. The higher the blood pressure, the greater the risk of a weakened vessel bursting
Blood vessels most commonly burst or leak into the subarachnoid space surrounding the brain and spinal cord, causing a brain injury called a subarachnoid haemorrhage
What are the symptoms of a brain aneurysm?
It is rare for an aneurysm to be detected before it starts to leak. The initial symptom is usually a sudden, intense headache that lasts for more than an hour, often at the back of the head. Most people will describe it as the worst headache they have ever experienced.
A correct diagnosis is made easier if the headache is followed by other symptoms, such as
- A stiff neck
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Inability to bear bright light (photophobia)
However, these symptoms generally occur only with a fairly major leak. A CT scan, and sometimes a lumbar puncture, are usually performed to confirm the diagnosis.
In about 50% of cases, there is a small 'warning' leak before the serious rupture occurs. This results in a very bad headache but very few other symptoms, and it is these cases that are most often missed. It is particularly important that a correct diagnosis is made at this stage because subsequent bleeds are usually more severe and frequently result in death or severe disability
If a brain aneurysm is detected at an early stage, before a major leak occurs, it can often be successfully treated by neurosurgery with the application of clips to the affected vessel.
What are the causes and risks?
Usually, the bleed occurs during physical effort - such as coughing or during physical activities - when the pressure of blood in the brain is temporarily raised, but it can happen at any time
Smokers and people with high blood pressure are most at risk of a subarachnoid haemorrhage. It is most common in older people, but can occur in young people with an inherited aneurysm
How is a brain aneurysm diagnosed?
A brain scan will usually be carried out when a brain aneurysm is suspected. This is usually in the form of either:
- A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan - This provides detailed images of the brain using strong magnetic fields and radio waves
- A computerised tomography (CT) scan - This uses a number of X-rays that are assembled in 3D
A lumbar puncture may also be performed should the CT scan prove negative but a ruptured aneurysm is strongly suggested by the symptoms.