Even when managed with the utmost competence, stroke can have a lifechanging impact on an individual’s life. Negligent management of stroke symptoms can cause irreversible damage and, in some cases, death. Compensation may be warranted in cases of negligently delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is interrupted or reduced, causing brain cells to die. This occurs when a blood vessel supplying the brain either ruptures (haemorrhagic) or is blocked by a clot (ischaemic). The affected areas of the brain begin to die, and the stroke sufferer begins to lose function of these brain areas.

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

The longer the blood supply to the brain is impacted by the stroke, the more severe the brain injury will be. Recognising symptoms quickly can be pivotal in the effective treatment of a stroke and ensures the best chance of full and effective recovery. The main symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Sudden weakness on one side of the body.
  • Sudden vision loss in either one or both eyes.
  • Loss of coordination, confusion, and dizziness.
  • Inability to walk and loss of balance.
  • Severe sudden headache.

Can I claim for stroke misdiagnosis?

To confirm that a stroke has been negligently misdiagnosed, it must be proven that avoidable injury has been suffered. This will require proof that recovery has been delayed and quality of life has been impacted by the negligently delayed diagnosis.

For a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis to be considered ‘negligent’ it must be determined that the standard of care provided by the medical practitioner fell below what would reasonably be expected of the average, competent, medical practitioner of the same field.  For example, if medication has been administered to a patient that increases risk of stroke, appropriate monitoring measures should be taken.

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