Claiming Compensation for Brain Haemorrhages and Neurological injury compensation claims
If you have suffered as a result of failure to diagnose, or misdiagnosis of a brain haemorrhage, a preventable neurological condition, or an injury related to treatment, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim.
- Information about brain injury claims
- Types of brain haemorrhage claims
- How much can I claim?
- What can I claim compensation for?
- Making a claim for compensation
A brain haemorrhage is bleeding in or around the brain which is usually caused by broken blood vessels, although brain tissue can be damaged by a variety of things like infections, tumours or strokes, any injury to the brain from an external force can result in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Clearly they are very serious and can lead to severe long term problems or death.
Although the symptoms of severe brain injury are hard to miss, it is less clear for milder injuries, or even those causing a mild concussion diagnosis. The condition goes by the name of “mild traumatic brain injury” (MTBI). MTBI symptoms can be mild, and can continue for days or weeks after the injury.
Early diagnosis is critical to successfully treat brain haemorrhages. Some of the symptoms of underlying neurological problems include:
- severe headaches
- vision problems
- loss of consciousness
Medical diagnostic techniques such as CT scans and MRI scans are available which, if used quickly enough, can be invaluable in helping to diagnose these conditions. Unfortunately these symptoms are often not investigated thoroughly enough and the underlying problems which can cause brain haemorrhages go undiagnosed.
Another area where medical negligence claims arise is in the treatment of neurological conditions. These can range from mistakes made during surgery causing brain or nerve damage, to incorrect prescription or administration of drugs.
A subarachnoid haemorrhage is bleeding into the subarachnoid space - the area between the arachnoid membrane and the pia mater surrounding the brain. This may occur spontaneously, usually from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, or may result from head injury.
A cerebral haemorrhage (or intracerebral haemorrhage, ICH) is a subtype of intracranial haemorrhage that occurs within the brain itself. Intracerebral haemorrhage can be caused by brain trauma, or it can occur spontaneously in haemorrhagic stroke. Non-traumatic intracerebral haemorrhage is a spontaneous bleeding into the brain tissue.
Extradural haemorrhage is a collection of blood in the potential space between the dura and the bone. Usually that bone is the skull but extradural haemorrhage can occur in the spinal column. This may follow the trauma of epidural anaesthesia or lumbar puncture. When it is spontaneous there is usually a coagulation or platelet defect.
Intracranial bleeding occurs when a blood vessel within the skull is ruptured or leaks. It can result from physical trauma (as occurs in head injury) or nontraumatic causes (as occurs in hemorrhagic stroke) such as a ruptured aneurysm. Anticoagulant therapy, as well as disorders with blood clotting can heighten the risk that an intracranial hemorrhage will occur.
If you have suffered from any of the above conditions, due to someone elses negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. A specialist medical negligence solicitor will be able to advise you on the strength of your claim.
A number of factors will determine the value of your settlement:
- The type of injury and how severe the injury is
- Did you recover fully from the injury or do you have ongoing problems
- What are the long term effects on your health
- Did the injury cause you other losses such as loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- The loss of comfort/convenience/quality of life caused by your injury
- Medical care costs
- Costs involved in adapting your home to meet your new requirements as a result of your injury
- Other out of pocket expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment, such as travel expenses
A specialist medical negligence solicitor can assess your case and inform you about:
- How strong your case is
- The likelyhood of making a successful claim
- The amount of compensation you may receive if your claim is successful
- Pursue a claim on your behalf