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Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Claims
Misdiagnosis or improper treatment of a subarachnoid haemorrhage can lead to significant brain damage and even death. It is therefore essential that you are able to claim compensation for the suffering caused if you or someone you know has not received the correct treatment and care. At JMW, we have been successful with many subarachnoid haemorrhage claims and have a thorough understanding of this area.
If you or a family member has suffered lasting brain damage or if you have lost a loved one following a missed diagnosis or lack of care, contact us today. Call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back as soon as we can.
Subarachnoid haemorrhage is a type of brain injury that involves a sudden leak of blood from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. The cause is usually a weakness in the vessel wall (aneurysm), combined with the pressure of the circulating blood. The higher the blood pressure, the greater the risk of a burst in a weakened vessel.
There are a number of initial symptoms of subarachnoid haemorrhage, which include:
- Sudden, intense headaches
- Headaches at the back of the head
These can often be followed by:
- Loss of consciousness
If you are concerned about your own health or that of a family member, it is important you consult your doctor immediately.
The leak of blood will often come at a time of physical effort. This can include:
- Lifting heavy objects
- During sex
- Going to the toilet
Some people are more likely to suffer a subarachnoid haemorrhage than others. Those more at risk include:
- People who smoke
- People with high blood pressure
- Older people
Although this type of problem is more common as people get older, it can also happen to people without any of the risk factors mentioned.
Diagnosing this type of injury is not always simple. The symptoms are sometimes relatively minor, such as a headache, and it can be easy to dismiss the ailment as something that is not particularly serious.
However, medical staff should understand the symptoms and any warning signs should not be ignored. If a patient has these symptoms and a medical professional does not act accordingly, and this leads to a further more disabling or fatal subarachnoid haemorrhage, that person may be deemed to have acted negligently.
This is not the only type of brain haemorrhage that is sometimes misdiagnosed. Other forms include:
- Extradural haemorrhage - This may occur following a head injury in contact sport
- Subdural haemorrhage - This may occur over a longer period of time following trauma to the head
Negligence may also occur if mistakes are made during operations to repair the brain aneurysm, which can subsequently lead to more damage than if the surgery had not been performed or performed to a proper standard.
We will use our extensive knowledge of medical negligence law to ensure you are awarded the compensation you deserve for many different aspects of your claim, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Medical bills
- Additional care
Ann-Marie experienced severe headaches which were misdiagnosed at A&E. JMW won £150,000 for her family.
Colin was taken to his local hospital when he began to experience a sudden severe pain in the head, immediately followed by vomiting. He was transferred straight away to a larger centre for a CT scan, as a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) was suspected.
Glenda presented at A&E with head and neck pain, which she had suffered from for a couple of hours. She had taken two Paracetemol but with no relief. She felt nauseous but had not vomited.
Violet won £400,000 in compensation after she was left with severe brain damage when doctors failed to diagnose her sub-arachnoid haemorrhage.
The expert solicitors at JMW understand how devastating the after-effects of a subarachnoid haemorrhage can be, not just for the victim but also for their family. This is why we endeavour to do all we can to help those impacted, including providing guidance and support throughout the entire process.
We are highly experienced in claims of this type and will work tirelessly in your corner to help you get the outcome you deserve. Our clinical negligence team includes members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel and is among the most highly regarded teams in the North West.