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Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Claims

If you or your loved one has suffered because doctors failed to diagnose and treat a subarachnoid haemorrhage, there may be grounds for a compensation claim. To find out more, you need to speak to a specialist solicitor without delay.

Subarachnoid haemorrhages

A subarachnoid haemorrhage is a type of stroke caused by bleeding on the brain. They account for around 9,000 hospital admissions in the UK every year. As a medical emergency, a subarachnoid haemorrhage must be diagnosed and treated without delay. Otherwise the brain will be badly damaged due to the blood spilling onto the brain, and because of the reduced oxygen supply. This can leave a patient with permanent neurological complications, or can even be fatal.

Diagnosing and treating subarachnoid haemorrhages

A subarachnoid haemorrhage is characterised by very distinct symptoms, including a thunderclap headache, being sick, seizures and loss of consciousness. These symptoms should immediately guide medical professionals towards an accurate diagnosis. If time permits, their suspicions can be confirmed with a CT scan and a lumbar puncture.

Once diagnosed, no time should be wasted in providing treatment. A patient will normally need to be transferred to a specialist neurosciences unit, where he/she will receive the necessary care. This will ordinarily include medication and surgery to prevent further bleeding.

Failure to diagnose a subarachnoid haemorrhage

Sadly medical professionals do not always manage to successfully treat a subarachnoid haemorrhage. Sometimes this is because a patient simply doesn't reach a hospital in time; a subarachnoid haemorrhage can be acute and, in some instances, can be instantly fatal.

However, there are occasions in which medical professionals fail to recognise a patient's symptoms. Instead a patient is diagnosed with a more minor condition such as a migraine and discharged from hospital. This will lead to devastating consequences, as it is likely a patient will go on to suffer serious complications, which could have been avoided had a correct diagnosis been made.

Subarachnoid haemorrhage claims

If you or your loved one has suffered complications because of a subarachnoid haemorrhage and you believe medical error is to blame you need to speak to a solicitor. A legal expert will listen to the details of your case and consider whether there has been an incident of medical negligence. Questions that will need to be raised include:-

  • Did the symptoms indicate the presence of a subarachnoid haemorrhage, and were these missed by medical practitioners?
  • If a CT scan was undertaken, did it confirm the presence of a subarachnoid haemorrhage?
  • Was the treatment appropriate for the patient based on the clinical findings?
  • Were there delays in obtaining a more senior review?
  • Were there delays in obtain a second opinion?
  • Was transport used to transfer a patiently appropriately?

To have these questions investigated further, please get in touch with us today.

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