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Brain Haemorrhage - Medical Negligence Solicitors

A brain haemorrhage is blood leaking from a ruptured blood vessel into the brain cavity within the skull which is usually caused by trauma or by physical exertion. A brain haemorrhage is a medical emergency which frequently results in death particularly if treatment is delayed. Thousands of people in the United Kingdom suffer from a brain haemorrhage every year and in many cases, there is either mis-diagnosis or late diagnosis with fatal results that amounts to medical negligence.

Subarachnoid – Subdural - Extradural

There are three main types of brain haemorrhage which are frequently mis-diagnosed, most often in a hospital A&E department' as follows: -

Subarachnoid – This is the most common form of brain haemorrhage and is caused by a breached blood vessel that previously exhibited signs of weakness as an aneurism. Blood flows over the brains surface, increasing pressure causing a severe headache or unconsciousness often followed by death. Timely diagnosis is essential and is often missed by A&E who often send the patient home with painkillers only for re-admission a few hours later with a life-threatening condition.

Subdural - Often slowly evolving as a result of head trauma most often diagnosed in the elderly.

Extradural - Often caused by head trauma in contact sports.

Negligent Treatment

In addition to negligent mis-diagnosis of a brain haemorrhage resulting in delayed treatment there are also medical negligence compensation claims that arise from substandard treatment after the condition is diagnosed. The most common method of treating a brain haemorrhage is to open up the skull and clip the leaking blood vessels however this is a highly skilled procedure prone to fatal errors even amongst the most experienced surgeons.

Compensation Claims

Medical negligence is the area of law that deals with personal injury sustained by a patient as a result of the negligence of a heath care professional. It concerns doctors, nurses, medical technicians, dentists, hospitals and clinics. In brain haemorrhage medical negligence compensation claims it must be proven that the standard of care has fallen below the standard of care of a similarly qualified professional. It must also be shown that the injury was a direct result of the negligent treatment. The mere fact that treatment fails does not necessarily imply negligence even if an alternative treatment may have succeeded provided that a substantial body of medical practitioners would have approved of the failed treatment at the time and that the treatment was logical.

Legal Advice

A UK medical negligence solicitor will usually offer free initial advice on brain haemorrhage medical negligence compensation claims. In most cases a qualified solicitor can deal with all of the legal work at no cost to the client using the no win no fee scheme (conditional fee agreement). If you would like free initial advice with no further obligation you should contract a specialist medical negligence lawyer who will discuss your claim over the telephone and tell you how best to proceed to protect your legal right to claim compensation for personal injury.