This guide will address all you need to know about making a stroke misdiagnosis claim. It will highlight the various ways in which medical negligence may lead to a misdiagnosis and offer advice on the evidence to gather in support of a claim.
Furthermore, this guide lists some examples of compensation amounts for stroke-related injuries to give you an idea of what your claim may be worth. The guide also explains the No Win No Fee agreement for solicitor services.
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Medical negligence is when a medical professional provides care and treatment that is beneath the minimum standard expected of them. If you receive substandard service from a health professional, that means that they have breached their duty of care. If you are injured due to their negligence, and you are able to prove this, you may be able to pursue a medical negligence compensation claim.
You can make a claim against a private healthcare provider or a claim against the NHS for harm caused by negligence, depending on which is relevant. The requirements for claiming are the same in both scenarios.
A stroke can potentially be a life-threatening condition, and the impact can be life-changing. For example, delay in treating a stroke could make some effects, such as paralysis, more likely than if it had been treated quickly. If you have been harmed because a doctor failed to diagnose a stroke, and this happened because they were negligent, you may have grounds to make a claim.
While making a stroke misdiagnosis claim, your claim is valid if you can show that:
- The medical personnel or the hospital in question owed you a duty of care.
- They breached their duty of care.
- You sustained an injury, illness or worsening of your condition because of their action or inaction
Current Statistics For Stroke
The Stroke Association outline the following key statistics relating to strokes in the UK:
- A stroke occurs every five minutes
- 100,000 people experience a stroke every year
- 1.4 million people in the UK have survived a stroke
- Strokes account for around 75% of cerebrovascular diseases in the UK
A medical misdiagnosis is when a medical professional attributes your symptoms to a condition that is different from the one you’re suffering from. Furthermore, you might have unnecessary treatment as a result of being misdiagnosed. However, you can only claim if this was caused by negligence and it resulted in you experiencing harm.
If, for example, you were misdiagnosed despite your doctor adhering to the standard of care expected of them, then you would not be able to claim. Similarly, if you were misdiagnosed but the misdiagnosis did not have an impact on your health, then your case would not be valid.
Below, we’ve included some examples of how a stroke could occur as the result of negligence:
- Your doctor ignores your symptoms and because of this, your condition is mistakenly diagnosed as another, less serious condition.
- The tests that should be performed when a stroke is suspected (for example, blood tests, checking for an irregular heartbeat or a blood pressure test according to the NHS) are not performed because of negligence, meaning the stroke is not correctly diagnosed.
- The above tests are performed, but the results of the test are misinterpreted, meaning that you are told you have a different condition than a stroke.
For more information on whether the circumstances of your misdiagnosis could form the grounds of a hospital negligence claim, speak with one of our advisors today. They could connect you with a lawyer to work on your stroke misdiagnosis claim.
In any kind of claim, it’s important that you provide evidence in support of your case. This is the same when you’re making a medical negligence claim for failure to misdiagnose a stroke.
Examples of evidence you may provide for your medical negligence claim are:
- Any communication that you’ve had with the relevant healthcare provider. For example, you might have made a complaint about the care you received. The response to this complaint could be used to support your claim.
- Photographs of your injuries and any CCTV footage that shows the medical negligence taking place.
- Record of costs you incurred because of your injuries will enable you to include those financial losses in your claims.
- Your medical records. For example, it might show that you attended A&E with clear symptoms of a stroke but that the appropriate follow-up tests were not performed.
If you need more information on how to make a medical negligence claim for a stroke misdiagnosis, please contact our solicitors to get free legal advice. If you have a valid case, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
Your stroke misdiagnosis claim payout will be worked out by taking a number of factors into consideration. Solicitors use compensation amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) as guides to assist them when valuing claims. Factors like the severity of the effect of the misdiagnosis, any permanent disability you’re left with and the financial impact of the harm you were caused could impact the amount you receive.
Your medical negligence settlement could comprise general damages and special damages. General damages will compensate you for the suffering caused by physical and psychological injuries. Special damages compensate for financial losses you incurred due to your injuries. This could include transportation costs, prescription costs and loss of earnings.
Below is a list of stroke-related injuries and their corresponding compensation amounts, taken from the 2022 edition of the JCG. These amounts are guides and the amount you actually receive might differ.
|Brain damage||Very Severe||There will be little meaningful response to the environment from the injured person, if any at all.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Brain damage||Moderately Severe||The person who has been injured will be left with very serious disabilities.||£219,070 to £282,010|
|Brain damage||Moderate (i)||Moderate to severe impact on intellect, no employment prospects and significant risk of epilepsy.||£150,110 to £219,070|
|Brain damage||Moderate (ii)||Moderate to modest impact on intellect, greatly reduced employment prospects and some risk of epilepsy.||£90,720 to £150,110|
|Brain damage||Moderate (iii)||Impact on memory and concentration and small risk of epilepsy but a limited dependence on others.||£43,060 to £90,720|
|Brain damage||Less severe||A good recovery will have been made and the injured person can return to work and enjoy a normal social life.||£15,320 to £43,060|
|Epilepsy||Established Grand Mal||Award will be affected by factors such as whether the condition can be controlled by medication and the impact on social and work life||£102,000 to £150,110|
|Epilepsy||Established Petit Mal||Award will be affected by factors such as whether the condition can be controlled by medication and the impact on social and work life||£54,830 to £131,370|
|Other Epileptic Conditions||N/A||£10,640 to £26,290||£10,640 to £26,290|
|Psychological Harm||Severe||£54,830 to £115,730||Award will depend on factors like the extent to which treatment is successful and future vulnerability|
If you have been harmed due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose a stroke, you may have grounds for a claim. Stroke misdiagnosis solicitors experienced in medical claims cases can make the claims process smoother. However, you might be concerned at the prospect of paying large upfront fees to secure the services of a lawyer to work on a claim.
Our panel of solicitors are able to represent you under a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is a kind of No Win No Fee agreement. This agreement means you won’t pay upfront legal fees. You won’t also pay ongoing legal fees during the claims process.
A small percentage of your compensation will go to your lawyer if your claim is successful. This percentage is capped by law so that you keep the majority of your compensation. Furthermore, if your stroke misdiagnosis claim is not successful, you will not pay this fee.
If you need further support to start your missed stroke diagnosis claim, our advisor can provide you with free legal advice. If you’re looking for stroke misdiagnosis solicitors, they can also connect you with our panel of solicitors to help you claim compensation provided you have a valid stroke misdiagnosis claim.
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Writer Mary Mullen
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