Identifying the early signs of a stroke is crucial. Strokes interrupt the blood supply to the brain and the longer this happens for, the higher the chances are for serious disability, brain injuries and even death.
What are the signs of stroke?
If you think someone is having a stroke you must ring an ambulance or get them to hospital as quickly as possible.
The Stroke Association say you should act F.A.S.T. on the following signs:
- Facial weakness. Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
- Arm weakness. Can the person raise both arms up and keep them there?
- Speech problems. Can the person speak clearly? Can you understand what they are saying? Can they understand what you are saying? Is their speech slurred?
- Time. If you see any of these signs call 999. It is a crucial that the person gets to a specialist stroke unit as quickly as possible.
Who is at risk of a stroke?
The over 60’s are the most at risk of a stroke. However, childhood strokes and younger people can be affected.
Strokes aren’t only caused by natural causes. Medical negligence can lead to a patient having a stroke.
Whether it’s a medical professional not spotting high blood pressure, not monitoring the effects of a blood infection, or not monitoring a patient on prescription drugs that increases the risk of stroke, mistakes happen and these can sometimes be fatal.
How can we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
Find out more about negligence in our Advice Centre
If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.