We've got your stroke claim covered
100,000 people suffer from a stroke each year, with one occurring every 5 minutes in the UK. A stroke can be devastating, so it is crucial that you receive a quick diagnosis and medical treatment to reduce the damaging impact a stroke can have.
Unfortunately, in some cases, a stroke is misdiagnosed, which can have a serious effect on the outcome of your condition. In cases of stroke misdiagnosis, you are entitled to seek compensation for the suffering caused.
At Patient Claim Line, we understand how vulnerable you can feel when you have experienced a failure in your care. Our specialist medical negligence team has extensive experience in stroke misdiagnosis claims, supporting clients right across the UK. We will guide you through the process and do everything we can to fight for your justice.
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What is a stroke claim?
There are three different types of stroke; known as
- Ischaemic stroke
- Haemorrhagic stroke
- Transient ischaemic attack (or TIA)
A stroke is a serious and life threating condition and should be treated as a medical emergency. Knowing the early warning signs of a stroke can be the difference between receiving prompt medical care and having the condition go unnoticed.
The most common symptoms are described using the word FAST:
- Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
- Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
- Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
- Time to call 999: if you see any of these signs.
Other symptoms include:
- Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including legs, hands or feet.
- Difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences.
- Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes.
- Sudden memory loss or confusion, and dizziness or a sudden fall.
- A sudden, severe headache.
Stroke claims and medical negligence
Medical negligence occurs when medical professionals provide a substandard level of care. In cases of stroke, it may be that a health professional failed to recognise the warning signs of a stroke or there was a failure in treating it promptly.
An effective treatment for stroke is thrombolysis, commonly known as “clot-busting” medication. However, there is a very short window for this to be given. Thrombolysis needs to be given within no more than 4.5 hours of the stroke occurring.
Therefore, all medical professionals need to know the signs of a stroke and how to act correctly at the earliest opportunity.
Common types of stroke claims:
- Misdiagnosis of a stroke
- Missed symptoms or misdiagnosis of stroke symptoms
- Delayed or negligent treatment of a stroke
- Incorrect treatment of high blood pressure
- Surgical errors
- Inappropriate aftercare of a stroke
Is there a time limit for stroke claims?
A claim for negligence must be made within three years of the date (“date of knowledge”) on which the affected person became aware (or ought reasonably to have become aware) that he or she suffered as a result of the health professional’s acts or omissions.
The date of knowledge is not the date on which the injury occurred unless you knew or ought to have known about it at that time. Sometimes people do find out that a mistake has been made straight away, but sometimes it can actually be a matter of months, even years, before he or she realises something has gone wrong.
If you or the person the mistake happened to is, or was under the age of 18 at the time the incident occurred, then the time limit is three years from the date of their 18th birthday (i.e. their 21st birthday).
If the affected person does not have the mental capacity, there can be no time limit, unless the person regains capacity. Often a brain injury will cause someone to lack capacity, so it is fairly common in these cases for the time limit not to apply. It is crucial to seek legal advice on this.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Medical Misdiagnosis claim?
Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts
Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.
It's not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.
Meet the team
Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation
Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.
Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.
Georgia is in charge of the day to day operational running of our largest medical negligence department, working hard to ensure a self-sustainable future for the team. Georgia is heavily involved in developing Fletchers’ nationwide reputation as medical negligence experts, alongside ensuring that all of our cases are dealt with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor
Having joined Patient Claim Line in 2017, Bilal is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor with extensive experience in the medical negligence field. He has recently qualified as an internationally and nationally accredited mediator, recognised by the Civil Mediation Council, International Mediation Institute and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Bilal has been recognised for his excellent client work, having received the ‘Customer Award’ at our annual awards evening.
Having had continuous exposure to medical negligence claims throughout his career, Bilal has developed a large skillset, enabling him to bring matters to time-efficient, amicable solutions. Bilal completes a formal assessment of each case and strategically plans the progression of the case, ensuring all cases within his team run smoothly and that our customers receive the justice they deserve.
Bilal was also the recipient of the Customer Feedback Champion award in 2019.
Medical Negligence Solicitor
Jennifer joined the team in 2018 with a wealth of experience of working in Medical Negligence in several firms across the North of England. As a Solicitor, Jennifer has an in-depth knowledge of the law and a recognition of the suffering that customers have already been through and the support that they may need through their claim. She works efficiently to achieve the best outcome for her customers. She has a wide range of experience within Medical Negligence and has particular expertise in delayed diagnoses of cancer, shoulder and eye injuries.
Senior Litigation Executive
Admitted to the roll of Solicitors in 2016, Kate is a Senior Litigation Executive at Patient Claim Line. She handles cases through to settlement or issuing. Within the team she is responsible for corresponding with customers and experts to ensure cases are conducted in a proactive and effective manner. Kate provides support and guidance to the team to deliver an outstanding service to our customers.
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