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Legal Expert Case Study: £1,000,000 for Stroke-Related Paralysis Compensation

Do you suffer from stroke-related paralysis? If your stroke was misdiagnosed and worsened by medical negligence (meaning substandard medical care, which causes injury to a patient or worsens an existing medical condition as a result), then we may be able to help you claim stoke misdiagnosis compensation.

You can claim compensation for paralysis if you suffered it as a result of your stroke being misdiagnosed, another serious injury being misdiagnosed such as a spinal injury, or another form of Paralysis Compensationmedical negligence. Let Legal Expert, a trusted legal advisory service, help you to claim the paralysis compensation you are entitled to. We can match you with the best personal injury solicitor to win you your stroke compensation, or paralysis compensation claim, at no extra cost to you. Call us today for your free legal consultation, learn how much you could claim for your stroke claim could be worth and get started on your claim for paralysis compensation.

In this case study, we are going to look at the case of Miss R (we have abbreviated her name to protect her privacy), whose stroke was misdiagnosed by her GP. This medical misdiagnosis case happened when Miss R went to her GP, complaining of severe headaches and a dropping of her left arm. The doctor diagnosed her with a migraine and prescribed painkillers. Unfortunately, the symptoms did not subside but had worsened. Now, she was completely weak on her left side, her lip was numb and she was drooling uncontrollably. Despite these extreme symptoms Miss R had to wait two days to see her GP. When she did see her GP, they mistook her symptoms for signs of diabetes and arranged a blood test, neglecting to take her blood pressure.

What is Stroke Paralysis

Paralysis is sadly one of the most common medical effects of a stroke, in fact, 9 out of 10 stroke victims suffer from some form of paralysis after their stroke. What is paralysis? Paralysis means the inability of a muscle, or group of muscles to move. After a stroke, the victim may suffer from brain damage which means that parts of the brain cannot effectively communicate with the rest of the body. Therapy and rehabilitation can help stroke survivors regain movement in these areas.

How Common is Medical Misdiagnosis Compensation?

A medical misdiagnosis is a form of medical negligence which means that a medical professional misdiagnoses an illness or medical condition. Many medical misdiagnoses have devastating effects, for example, a victim of a stroke may find their treatment delayed, worsening the severity of their stroke and leaving them with effects that could have been avoidable, had they received the necessary treatment earlier.

Patients that receive a medical misdiagnosis, in an NHS hospital, private hospital or other medical establishment are entitled to claim for medical misdiagnosis compensation or NHS misdiagnosis compensation, if it can be proved that the misdiagnosis caused harm to the patient. A recent study found some worrying NHS misdiagnosis statistics. There were 1,136 medical misdiagnosis compensation claims in 2014/5, which were related to failure to diagnose or late diagnosis. For these claims, the NHS had to pay out £185 million in NHS misdiagnosis compensation. What’s more in the same period of time there were medical misdiagnosis claims for patients being diagnosed with the wrong condition, for which £12 million in NHS misdiagnosis compensation was paid out.

Details of the Stroke Paralysis Compensation Injury

Shortly after her second GP’s appointment Miss R suffered a stroke while sleeping, which left her unconscious for ten days. As a result, she was completely paralysed down her left side. A CT scan in hospital confirmed damage to the right frontal lobe of her brain. Miss R was transferred to another hospital, where an MRI showed that the stroke damage in the form of a right carotid dissection with multiple micro emboli in the right central cerebral artery. She was immediately treated with anticoagulants.

Miss R’s paralysis was likely to be permanent. As a result of her stroke paralysis, Miss R’s life had to change dramatically. She had to move from one city to another so her family could care for her, and her partner had to leave his job to care for her. What’s more, the rented property Miss R shared with her partner wasn’t suitable for her given the disability her stroke paralysis left her with. Care experts advised that Miss R should receive occupational therapy and physiotherapy at home. Her home was too small to be suitable for this. Another aspect of Miss R’s life that was affected was that her paralysis meant she had to leave her job. Over the long-term, she planned to retrain so that she could work part-time, but understood her stroke paralysis injuries would leave her disadvantaged in the job’s market.

The Stroke Paralysis Compensation Claim and Settlement

Miss R decided to pursue a stroke compensation claim. The allegation was made that the Defendant had been medically negligent by failing to carry out a proper initial examination when Miss R first brought her symptoms to their attention, this included a taking into account a proper history of her neurological symptoms as Miss R had no history of migraine headaches, or prescribe the correct medication. It was also alleged that the Defendant had failed to refer the Claimant to the TIA clinic or a neurologist or take into account the urgency of the situation.

Fortunately, the Defendant admitted liability and the stroke misdiagnosis compensation claim was settled out of court. Miss R was awarded £1,000,000 in stroke paralysis compensation. Miss R was awarded a large sum for “pain, suffering, and loss of amenity”. She also received several payments for adapting her home, future care costs, transport costs, equipment and treatment costs and loss of future earnings as well as her pension. These payments were in the many thousands of pounds.

No Win No Fee Solicitors

If you have been a victim of medical negligence, which has caused you harm or worsened an existing medical condition then you could claim for medical negligence compensation, including paralysis compensation, depending on the nature of your situation. If you wish to avoid the stress of paying an upfront fee to your solicitor, you can make a no win no fee claim. A no win no fee solicitor will only charge you for their services if you win your case, meaning there’s nothing to pay upfront and no financial risk to you. To make a no win no fee claim, speak to Legal Expert today to be matched with the right no win no fee solicitor to handle your case.

Contact Legal Expert Today

If you have suffered from a stroke which was caused or worsened by medical negligence then trust Legal Expert to help you claim stroke compensation. Our experienced solicitors can help you claim stroke paralysis compensation, stroke compensation, stroke misdiagnosis compensation, or medical misdiagnosis compensation for another medical misdiagnosis case, we can help you. Call us today on 0800 073 8804 for your free consultation. We will let you know if you have a valid compensation claim, advise you on how much compensation you can claim and match you to the right solicitor to win your case for you. We’re looking forward to receiving your call.

Useful Links

Paralysis Due To Medical Error – How Much Can I Claim?
A guide for Claimants who which to make a paralysis compensation claim, when the paralysis was caused by medical negligence.

Clinical and Medical Negligence
A guide for Claimants wishing to claim clinical negligence compensation, including medical misdiagnosis compensation amounts and a misdiagnosis compensation calculator.

NHS On Strokes

Information about strokes on this NHS stroke page.

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