Stroke compensation claims

You may have a valid compensation claim if you or a loved one suffered a stroke that could have been prevented or may have had less serious consequences if treatment had been quicker or carried out differently.

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Understanding strokes

A stroke is a type of brain injury caused by the reduction of the oxygen supply to the brain that causes damage to brain cells. It is a serious and life threatening condition and should be treated as a medical emergency.  

Medical professionals have a responsibility to promptly identify and treat strokes to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients. However, when healthcare providers fail to recognise the warning signs of a stroke or provide the right treatment on time the effects can be life changing and sometimes fatal.  Some of these failures can include: 

  • slow response to a 999 call
  • missed or misdiagnosis of a blood clot
  • mismanagement of atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat)
  • Incorrect treatment of high blood pressure/hypertension leading to hemorrhagic stroke/cerebral haemorrhage/intracranial haemorrhage
  • misdiagnosis or mistreatment of a brain aneurysm
  • failures to properly monitor patients who are at risk of a stroke
  • failures to recognise the signs of a stroke/delays in treatment of a stroke
  • failures to spot or properly manage a transient ischaemic attack (TIA or mini stroke)
  • misdiagnosis of stroke.
  • inappropriate aftercare following a stroke, leading to additional harm

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Your rights and eligibility

If you suspect that you or a loved one’s stroke treatment did not go according to plan and may have resulted in additional harm or suffering, a member of our specialist team can help you get answers.

How can compensation help?

Compensation for stroke victims whose stroke care was negligent is not just about financial restitution; it is a lifeline that can help them rebuild their lives after this traumatic event. Strokes are a type of acquired brain injury and as such can leave you with long term needs. No two survivors will have the same needs as that depends on which part of the brain suffered the injury and how severe it was. Some of the common issues survivors face are cognitive (mental) impairments, difficulties with speaking, writing or retaining information, short or long term memory loss and mobility issues.

Examples of things compensation can help with include:

  • therapies over and above what is available on the NHS to aid with recovery
  • recovering loss of earnings if the survivor will not be able to go back to work / do the job they were previously doing because of their injuries
  • adaptations and home equipment or the purchase of an adapted property
  • mobility aids including wheelchairs and vehicles
  • caring support and help with household chores the survivor may no longer be able to dos
  • support to cover the needs of any dependants the survivor was looking after that they may no longer be able to continue doing themselves

A successful claim will provide the means for individuals to access the resources and support necessary to fund the recovery process and navigate the challenges of life following a stroke – ultimately getting a higher quality of life and a more optimistic future.

Trusted expertise

As expert solicitors focusing on serious injury, medical negligence, mental capacity and education, you can trust us to get the best results for you.

We know how hard it is to deal with the harm you or a loved one has suffered. We’ll support you with empathy every step of the way.

We can help you on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about funding legal costs

Our support doesn’t end after a claim. We can help you with your financial affairs after settlement and introduce you to charities and organisations that might be able to help you going forward.

Choosing a stroke medical negligence lawyer

Here at Enable Law, we have a specialist team of medical negligence solicitors supporting acquired brain injury survivors with extensive experience supporting people in stroke compensation cases. Our expertise not only helps us understand the complexities of stroke claims, but our specialist solicitors have a much better understanding of the vast array of needs that are likely to arise following a stroke and will ensure everything is considered when pursuing an appropriate amount of compensation.

We understand that the process of making a claim for compensation while learning to adapt to life following a stroke can be extremely stressful, so we aim to make the process as smooth as easy and stress free as possible. . Please contact us to have a free, friendly, and confidential discussion with our team about the ways we may be able to help you.

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Stroke medical negligence FAQs

Stroke compensation can amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds, or even more, depending on the specifics of the case.

There is a time limit on your ability to make a medical negligence claim in the UK – usually, this is three years.

The limitation period may start from:

  • The date of the negligent event
  • The date you were first aware of the negligence.

There are a few key exceptions to the medical negligence time limit rules to keep in mind. In the UK, these usually apply to:

  • Children aged under 18
  • People who lack capacity – for instance, due to a mental disability
  • Other discretionary circumstances, decided by the court.

It very much depends on a number of factors including whether liability is admitted, the level of cooperation on the part of the Defendant in settling your claim, the extent and complexity of your injury and rehabilitation needs. It is rare for a case to take less than a year to conclude, and is more likely to take several years. However, we will endeavour to see your case through to conclusion as quickly and effectively as possible.

It is possible to make a compensation claim for a stroke on behalf of someone else if they are underage or do not have the mental capacity to do so for themselves.

This may be the case if the person had mental capacity issues before the stroke or they have developed since. It is also possible for an adult to make a compensation claim on behalf of a child. This would usually be a parent or guardian.

It is also possible to make a claim when someone has died because of suspected medical negligence.

After you get in touch with us we will ask you to provide us with as much detail as possible as you can about what happened. At this stage we may have to ask you to get additional information from your (or your loved one’s) medical records or allow us to request it on your behalf. We may have to consult with independent medical experts on your behalf to fully understand if the care you received fell below the threshold of what is acceptable / expected.

If our research into what happened shows that something is likely to have gone wrong and we can help you bring a claim we will discuss funding options with you, that means we will discuss the different ways you can pay for your claim. These options include using your legal expenses insurance (if you have some) as well as conditional fee agreements otherwise known as “no win no fee” agreements. You will never have to pay from your personal funds for our work if we are not successful with your claim.

At this stage we will get in touch with those responsible for the delay or mistake in your care and ask them to accept responsibility for what happened. If they do, we will try to secure “interim payments” for you, that is money to help you meet the immediate needs you have following your injury. That money can help you pay for things like care or therapies that you need now and can’t wait for when your claim settles. If they do not accept responsibility we will engage with relevant independent medical experts who will review the care you received and demonstrate why it was negligent. Once we have their reports and any reports the other side may have produced, we will discuss with them what the next steps should be. Our experts will also look at your case in detail and evaluate what care you are likely to need in the future and what needs you have developed because of the negligence so we can ensure that the compensation we will try to secure for you will meet them.

We always try to settle claims out of court either using mediation or in round table discussion meetings with the other side. If the other side does not take responsibility for your injuries or does not agree with the amount of compensation we believe you need to get your life back to where it would have been if the negligence had not happened we will start court proceedings.

Many claims settle out of court but after their trial date has been set. In the rare occasion that we need to go to court our team will be next to you every step of the way and make the experience as stress free and easy as possible.

Yes, our team will talk you through all possible funding (payment) methods and ways. We take claims on a no win no fee basis meaning that you will not have to pay any money for the work we do on your behalf including instructing experts and getting reports unless we are successful with your claim.

Every case is very different. We will evaluate the prospects of your case based on what happened to you and the injury you suffered because of it.  Pre-existing conditions should not affect your claim but you need to be honest with us and give us all information you think may be important about your claim.

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