In the UK, 100,000 people experience a stroke each year, with one happening every 5 minutes. Quick diagnosis and treatment are crucial to minimize the impact of a stroke, which can be devastating. However, in some cases, stroke misdiagnosis occurs, resulting in serious consequences for the patient. If you have suffered from a stroke misdiagnosis, you have the right to seek compensation for your suffering.
Patient Claim Line’s medical negligence team specializes in stroke misdiagnosis claims and can guide you through the process of seeking justice. There are three types of stroke: Ischaemic stroke, Haemorrhagic stroke, and Transient ischaemic attack (TIA). A stroke is a medical emergency, and knowing the early warning signs, such as FAST (facial weakness, arm weakness, speech problems, time to call 999), can make a significant difference in receiving prompt medical care.
Stroke misdiagnosis may occur when healthcare professionals fail to recognize the warning signs of a stroke or provide substandard care. Thrombolysis, a “clot-busting” medication, is an effective treatment for stroke but needs to be administered within 4.5 hours of the stroke occurring. Therefore, medical professionals must recognize the signs of a stroke and act promptly.
Common types of stroke claims include misdiagnosis, missed symptoms or misdiagnosis of stroke symptoms, delayed or negligent treatment, incorrect treatment of high blood pressure, surgical errors, and inappropriate aftercare. The time limit for making a claim is three years from the date of knowledge of the affected person. If the person lacks mental capacity, there is no time limit unless they regain capacity. Seeking legal advice is crucial in such cases.