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Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Compensation

If a subarachnoid haemorrhage has been misdiagnosed or negligently treated, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

Our team of specialist clinical negligence solicitors specialise in dealing with claims arising from the negligent treatment or delayed diagnosis of subarachnoid haemorrhage.

We understand that it is vital for medical professionals to diagnose and treat the condition as early as possible, so as to reduce, or even prevent, life-changing and life-threatening injury.

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What is a subarachnoid haemorrhage?

A subarachnoid haemorrhage is a serious, often life-threatening, type of stroke caused by a bleed on the brain. It can often occur when a person is undertaking some form of physical exertion.

The cause of a subarachnoid haemorrhage can include a burst blood vessel in the brain (a ruptured aneurysm) or severe trauma to the head. People at higher risk of a subarachnoid haemorrhage include those that smoke, drink excessive alcohol or have high blood pressure.

How is a subarachnoid haemorrhage diagnosed?

Symptoms of a subarachnoid haemorrhage can include:

How is a subarachnoid haemorrhage treated?

If a subarachnoid haemorrhage is suspected, it is vitally important that urgent medical treatment is sought.

A full history should be taken, to include details such as a description of symptoms, including how and when the symptoms developed, and any relevant past medical history. A CT scan should then be performed which can detect bleeding on the brain. A lumbar puncture can also be helpful in diagnosing a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Once diagnosed, it is likely that specialist neurological care and treatment will be required, often at a specialist hospital. Further tests may also be performed in order to identify the treatment needed, including an MRI scan.

Medication such as Nimodipine (which works to improve blood flow so as to prevent brain damage caused by reduced blood supply to the brain) can be given for a few weeks. Other medications can also be given to relieve the symptoms of a subarachnoid haemorrhage, including pain relief and antiemetics (anti-sickness medication).

Surgery may also be required to repair the burst blood vessel, often by the insertion of coils or a clip.

Whatever the treatment, recovery from a subarachnoid haemorrhage can be prolonged and frustrating.  Patients can also continue to suffer debilitating symptoms including severe tiredness, difficulties sleeping and headaches. Often they will require a lot of support, both physically and mentally.

What if a subarachnoid haemorrhage is misdiagnosed?

Urgent medical treatment is required for a subarachnoid haemorrhage due to the risk of it causing further damage and injury, including further bleeding, permanent brain damage or even death.

A subarachnoid haemorrhage can also cause epilepsy, fluid on the brain (hydrocephalus), cognitive dysfunction and changes in mood. It is therefore vitally important that a prompt diagnosis is made, in order to minimise the damage caused to a patient, which can often have devastating effects.

Why choose us?

If you think you have suffered a delay in diagnosis or negligent treatment of a subarachnoid haemorrhage, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Please contact us for advice if you feel you may have a subarachnoid haemorrhage compensation claim, or have suffered any form of clinical negligence.

Due to the complex medical and legal issues involved, you will need to talk to a specialist clinical negligence solicitor. We understand all the implications of a subarachnoid haemorrhage and can maximise your compensation if your claim is successful.


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