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Adult brain injuries and strokes can be caused as a result of medical negligence in a number of different circumstances, but no matter the cause can have a catastrophic affect on the patient and their loved ones.
If you believe a brain injury was caused by medical negligence then contact the team today and discuss the possibility of making an brain injury compensation claim.
Some of the most common medical errors leading to brain injury compensation claims include:
– A late diagnosis of brain cancer; it can be that medical staff (in particular GPs) misinterpret the initial signs and symptoms of a brain tumour, failing to make a referral to a hospital unit for further investigations. A radiologist may also incorrectly report a CT or MRI scan. The late diagnosis of a tumour may mean the cancer is more advanced, requiring extensive surgery and oncology treatment, that would otherwise have been avoided.
– Oxygen starvation during surgery; it is imperative that the anaesthetist constantly monitors blood pressure levels to ensure that they are safe; failure to do so may result in the patient becoming hypotensive. This causes a significant reduction of the blood supply and oxygenation of the brain, damaging the brain tissue itself.
– Misdiagnosis of a stroke; is another major injury which can be suffered as a result of medical negligence; stroke can be caused by a number of factors, one of which is a clot travelling to the brain causing deprivation of oxygen. Clots often originate from poorly managed thrombic risks, for example a DVT or pulmonary embolism.
– Infection; is another major risk factor as if not properly managed can go on to take hold of the body, causing widespread septicaemia and multi organ failure, which can then lead to oxygen deprivation to the brain and brain damage.
After you first make contact, we will then:
– Provide an analysis of your potential case
– Advise whether you should pursue it further
– Explore ways of funding your case with you if we believe you have a case
If we are able to take your case or that of your loved one then we will require the assistance of medical experts to consider whether a) the care received was of an unacceptable standard and then also b) whether that negligent care was the cause or a contributing factor to the brain injury. All of the experts we use are leaders in their field and are wholly independent.
If you wish to bring a claim on behalf of your loved one, because they lack the ability to do so because of their brain injury we can assist. You will be able to act as a “litigation Friend” on behalf of your loved one, this means that you will be the person who provides the instructions in the case and will act in the best interests of your loved one in pursuing their claim.
The level of compensation awarded will differ in relation to the extent and consequences of your brain injury, there is no “fixed amount “ as every case is different and will be assessed carefully. The clinical negligence team will always strive to achieve the maximum compensation available for you.