Cases of clinical negligence resulting in brain hemorrhage and neurological injury
Treatment of brain haemorrhages
A brain haemorrhage refers to bleeding which occurs when a blood vessel within the skull is ruptured or leaks. It can result from head injury or hemorrhagic stroke. There are various types of brain haemorrhage and they may be referred to as cerebral hemorrhages, intracranial hemorrhages, intracerebral hemorrhages and extradural haemorrhages. A common type of brain haemorrhage is the subarachnoid haemorrhage which is normally the result of a brain aneurysm, a bulge in a blood vessel. Other causes include:
● blood vessels developing abnormally (arteriovenous malformations)
● brain tumour damaging the blood vessels
● a brain infection (eg. encephalitis)
● fibromuscular dysplasia (a condition that can cause the arteries to narrow)
● moyamoya disease (which causes blockages inside the brain’s arteries)
● blood vessels inside the brain becoming inflamed (vasculitis)
It’s vital that a brain haemorrhage is diagnosed and treated early. A range of methods such as CT and MRI scans can be effectively used to make a diagnosis and consequent treatment can include medications and surgery.
Types of neurological problem
Neurology relates to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, such as the brain and spinal cord. There are a huge array of health problems which are related to neurological conditions, such as:
● headaches and migraines
● epilepsy and seizures
● memory problems and dementia
● facial pain
● dizziness, blackouts and balance problems
● Parkinson’s disease and disorders affecting movement
● Multiple Sclerosis
● tingling, pins and needles and numbness
It’s crucial that a doctor investigates and diagnoses neurological problems as early as possible (eg using CT scanning or a lumbar puncture), to avoid the problem getting worse or help the patient understand and deal with their condition. If GPs or neurologists fail to diagnose a condition or identify head injuries, the lack of treatment can prove fatal. Even if a problem is spotted, poor brain or spinal surgery can lead to further complications.
Claiming for delayed diagnosis of brain haemorrhage or neurological injury
If you’ve suffered due to delayed diagnosis of a brain haemorrhage or neurological condition you may be able to make a claim for compensation. The medical negligence team at CH Legal has substantial experience of dealing with these types of claims and we can advise you on the best way forward. Contact a member of the team today Rukhsana Arif or phone 0845 4786 354.