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Strokes cause damage to the brain and can often cause severe disability, seriously affecting your quality of life. If you or someone you know has suffered a stroke and you believe it could have been prevented with better medical care, JMW can help you make a stroke compensation claim.
If you have been harmed by a stroke as a result of incompetence, lack of care or poor judgement by medical professionals, you may be able to claim compensation. For more information, please contact our team of specialists by calling 0800 054 6512. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
A stroke, sometimes referred to as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), causes damage to the brain and is unfortunately very common. According to the NHS, approximately 110,000 people have a stroke in England every year. It is the third most common cause of death and an extremely common cause of disability in the UK.
Older people are particularly at risk of stroke, but they can occur at any age. There are many risk factors that increase the likelihood of having a stroke - such as obesity, high blood pressure and smoking - but most strokes are unavoidable and often unexpected.
In medical terms, a stroke is caused by one of two things:
- Bleeding into the brain from a burst blood vessel
- Blood supply, and consequently oxygen, to the brain being cut off, due to a clot forming in a narrowed blood vessel. This is the most common cause of a stroke
Occasionally clinical negligence can result in a stroke or make the after-effects worse. Compensation in such cases is often high due to the devastating nature of some strokes.
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Stroke?
Those who survive a stroke are often left with damage to their brain, which can manifest itself in many different ways. Stroke victims often have to live with any of the following:
- Memory problems
- Communication and speech problems such as aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia of speech
- Vision problems
- Loss of taste or smell
- Emotional or behavioural changes
How Can Misdiagnosis Cause Problems?
If a medical professional delays the diagnosis of a stroke, or diagnoses it incorrectly, the after-effects can be devastating to both you and your loved ones.
The damage caused as a result of misdiagnosed strokes can be long lasting and can often include:
- Emotional stress
- Brain damage
- Long and short-term physical disabilities
- Reduction in quality of life
By acquiring compensation you and your family can secure a more comfortable life for the future.
What Is a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)?
Sometimes referred to as a 'mini stroke', a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) refers to a temporary disruption in the blood supply to the brain. The signs and immediate symptoms are the same as a stroke, but the effects of a TIA may only last for a few minutes or hours. Most of the time they clear up completely after 24 hours.
Although they do not last as long as a stroke, a TIA is often a sign that the sufferer is at risk of a full stroke in the near future.
Why Choose JMW?
The team at JMW is one of the most experienced and respected in the UK and includes members of both the Law Society Medical Negligence Panel and AVMA (Action against Medical Accidents) panel.
Cases of this nature are rarely straightforward but the expertise and persistence of our specialist solicitors has helped to recover substantial compensation that has made a big difference to the quality life of the victim.
We are able to deal with cases with a no win, no fee agreement, where appropriate. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further, you will not be charged for our initial advice session.