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Stroke Compensation Claims
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
The specialist medical negligence team, considered one of the best in the UK, will put you in the strongest possible position to recover a financial award that will aid your recovery, provide access to rehabilitation services and help to compensate you for the emotional distress caused.
If you have been harmed by a stroke as a result of misdiagnosis, lack of care or poor judgement by medical professionals, we are here to help.
Contact our team of specialist solicitors today by calling 0800 054 6512. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Our solicitors are able to take on cases on a no win, no fee basis.
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How JMW Can Help
The team at JMW is one of the most experienced and respected in the UK and includes members of both the Law Society’s panel for clinical negligence solicitors and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) solicitors panel. We are well versed in claims against the NHS and private healthcare providers on behalf of clients who have suffered due to medical negligence
Cases of this nature are rarely straightforward but the expertise and persistence of our specialist solicitors have helped to recover substantial compensation that has made a big difference to the quality of 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.
How to Make a Stroke Negligence Claim
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.
We will first discuss the circumstances surrounding your case with you and help you understand whether or not you have a legal claim.
From there, we will open a dialogue with those responsible for your suffering to find out if they are willing to accept blame. 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.
We will also carry out in-depth, careful analysis of your patient records, and consult with leading independent medical professionals to understand the impact of negligence on your health.
A compensation claim can go towards:
- The costs associated with any subsequent treatment required
- Ensuring the individual(s) responsible is held accountable for their errors
- Long and short-term physical disabilities
- Compensating you and your family for the emotional distress caused by negligence
What is a stroke?
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.
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 a 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:
- Memory problems
- Communication and speech problems such as aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia of speech
- Vision problems
- Emotional or behavioural changes
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.