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Stroke Misdiagnosis Claims South Wales
Suffering a stroke can have devastating consequences, and when a stroke is misdiagnosed, the effects can be severe, and in some cases fatal. If you or someone close to you has experienced stroke misdiagnosis, our solicitors at Devonalds can offer our support.
You may be entitled to make a stroke misdiagnosis compensation claim where your stroke was missed, or diagnosed as another condition. If your stroke could have been prevented had you received better medical care, you may also have the basis of a claim.
Experiencing a stroke can cause long-term damage to the brain, causing issues with speech and language, vision, and physical movement. Both the emotional impact and the rehabilitation expenses can be incredibly hard to bear. While compensation cannot undo the effects, it can provide a much-needed life line at a traumatic time for you and your family.
Our lawyers can support clients throughout each stage, including:
- Assessing the basis of your claim
- Building your stroke misdiagnosis case
- Settling your claim, including Court proceedings if necessary
To learn more about making a stroke misdiagnosis claim contact Devonalds
Our legal support with stroke misdiagnosis claims
Assessing the basis of your claim
The first step is to assess the basis of your claim. Our solicitors will work with you to understand the events the preceded your stroke, and the impact it’s had on your health, lifestyle, and on your loved ones.
We understand that it will be difficult to discuss your experience, and can promise that we will offer sensitive and straightforward legal support during this distressing time.
Our first discussion will allow us to assess the potential success of your claim. We will determine whether your stroke, or the severity of your stroke, might have been preventable, had it not been for medical negligence.
We have ample experience with stroke misdiagnosis, putting us in a fantastic position to offer an outstanding legal advice, whilst attending to all of your queries and concerns.
Building your claim
Our solicitors will gather evidence to build your stroke misdiagnosis claim. We will consult your medical records, liaise with medical professionals, and gather information from witnesses if appropriate.
Once we have built your claim, we will draft a letter of claim which will be presented to the defendant. The letter will explain the stroke misdiagnosis allegations, detailing that the severity of your injuries could have been avoided had medical negligence not occurred.
Negotiating a settlement
Once the defendant has responded to the claim our solicitors will attempt to negotiate a settlement with them. Where they acknowledge that a breach of duty has occurred the process should be swiftly settled, allowing us to quickly secure compensation.
Most medical negligence cases can be settled out of Court. However, where cases are more complex, or where the medical professionals deny wrongdoing, we have the experience to represent clients in Court proceedings.
Why choose Devonalds?
At Devonalds we understand that every client is different, which is why we always provide bespoke support to suit your requirements. We appreciate that stroke misdiagnosis claims are emotionally challenging, and are here to offer sensitive guidance, getting you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.
Our stroke misdiagnosis claims team have a great track record of success, and will ensure to carefully explain the processes to you and your loved ones if appropriate. You’ll find our lawyers to be both practical and empathetic. With a committed team, and years of experience, you can rest assured you’ll receive an outstanding legal service.
If you have any queries about the claims stages, please get in touch with our stroke misdiagnosis solicitors in South Wales.
Devonalds legal fees
At Devonalds we are able to represent many clients on a No Win, No Fee basis. We believe that everyone should be able to access legal services and support after experiencing stroke misdiagnosis.
We will always be clear about pricing from the beginning, while offering guidance on all the options available to you, so that you can make a well-informed decision. To discuss your fees today, please get in touch with our expert solicitors at Devonalds.
All your questions about stroke misdiagnosis claims answered
How often are strokes misdiagnosed?
Strokes are sometimes wrongly diagnosed, for instance, medical professionals may mistake a transient ischaemic attack, or a ‘mini stroke’ for a less serious condition.
A TIA causes similar symptoms to a stroke; however, these are generally shorter, often only lasting a few minutes, and usually not causing any damage to the brain. Experiencing a TIA can be an indication that the person may experience a full stroke in the immediate, near, or distant future, and so early medical intervention is crucial.
Misdiagnosis often means that the person does not receive the appropriate support fast enough, and where strokes are misdiagnosed, the outcome can be incredibly serious, or fatal.
How is a stroke diagnosed?
A stroke is diagnosed when the following symptoms occur:
- Drooping of the face
- Weakness in the arm - the person may be unable to lift up one arm
- Speech issues - the person may experience slurred or jumbled speech
It can be difficult determine whether a person has experienced a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain, or a blood clot. The doctor who is treating the patient will conduct a CT scan, and decide whether to give treatment for thrombolysis based on the outcome.
To learn more about stroke misdiagnosis claims in South Wales, please get in touch with our solicitors at Devonalds.
What can a stroke be misdiagnosed as?
The symptoms of a stroke may be misdiagnosed as conditions that present similar symptoms, a few of which include, hypoglycaemia, migraines, and ear infections.
Sadly, where a stroke is left untreated and undiagnosed, more damage is caused to the brain. If medical professionals failed to diagnosis your stroke, and you’ve suffered as a result, it’s imperative that you seek legal support.
Can I sue for a misdiagnosed stroke?
Yes, you can sue for a misdiagnosed stroke. Whether you’ve been treated by a private doctor, or by the NHS, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our solicitors have much experience supporting clients with a wide range of medical negligence cases and can guide you through the entire process.
What are the time limits for making a stroke misdiagnosis claim?
Stroke misdiagnosis are a type of medical negligence case and for these you have three years to make a claim under most circumstances. This means you have three years from the date you were aware of the misdiagnosis, or three years from when you received the negligent medical treatment.
There are however some exceptions to the three-year time limit. There is no time limit if the person lacks mental capacity to understand the claim, including if the person experienced brain damage or reduced mental capacity as a result of the negligence.
In cases where children experience medical negligence, the time limit only starts on their 18 birthday.
How much compensation will you get for a stroke misdiagnosis claim?
Each claim is different and so it can be difficult to determine exactly how much compensation you could get for a stroke misdiagnosis claim. Since stroke misdiagnosis often results in brain injuries, it is likely that you will be able to secure a high level of compensation.
Our solicitors will do all that we can to secure you the maximum amount that you deserve. We are experts in stroke misdiagnosis compensation in South Wales, and can answer any queries you may have about the process.
What are the consequences of failing to diagnose a stroke?
If a stroke is not treated immediately, the extent of brain damage is likely to be more severe. The consequences could include a physical impairment, vision problems, issues with cognitive function and memory, and speech and language problems.
We understand that experiencing such life-changing health issues can be devastating, and will do all that we can to make the claims process as stress free as possible.