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Stroke Misdiagnosis Claims

The consequences of a stroke can be devastating, even when it’s diagnosed and treated promptly. When doctors fail to recognise the warning signs, the effects are life-changing and sometimes fatal. If you or a loved one has been affected by stroke misdiagnosis, our solicitors could help you claim compensation.

Early warning signs associated with a stroke include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Numbness in one arm
  • Facial weakness
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood infections

The longer the blood supply to the brain is interrupted by a stroke, the more serious the chance of disability, brain injury or death. This makes it crucial that medical staff identify a stroke, or a potential onset of a stroke, at the earliest opportunity.

Over 60s are most at risk, but increasing numbers of younger people are becoming affected and paediatric strokes (childhood strokes) are a sad reality. Natural causes aren’t the only reason strokes happen – sometimes medical negligence leads to a stroke. For example, doctors might fail to monitor patients who are on medication that could increase the risk of suffering a stroke.

As the UK’s largest medical negligence team, we have the experience and expertise to help you make a compensation claim. We’ve represented thousands of clients over the years, and have acted for many people in stroke-related claims. We’ll help you access vital rehabilitation services as well as compensation, enabling you to be as independent as possible.

Contact one of our legal advisers on 0800 121 6567 for more information about how we could help you, or contact us online.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your misdiagnosis at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your illness. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • What Are The Time Limits For Making A Claim?
    • In most medical negligence cases, you have three years to make a compensation claim, starting from either the date you received negligent treatment for a stroke, or the date you first became aware that you received negligent treatment. For children, this three year period begins on their 18th birthday, so you have until you’re 21 to make a claim.

      In fatal cases, the three year time limit begins on the day your loved one passed away.

      If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for free initial advice on 0800 121 6567.

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Our Other Teams Can Help
    • Because we’re a full-service law firm, we also have a number of other in-house teams with specialist knowledge in areas such as rehabilitation, Trusts, Wills and asset management.


      We see rehabilitation as an important part of the recovery process and will make sure that you access the care and support services you need to lead the best life possible. Our client liaison managers can provide support and information to you and your family, helping you with many of the “non-legal” problems you may face, such as benefit eligibility and healthcare.


      We have specialist Wills solicitors who can help with any issues surrounding Wills and assist if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away.


      Our Asset Management team can provide advice on how your compensation could be best invested. We also have Court of Protection lawyers who can set up a personal injury trust, which protects your compensation and ensures that you remain eligible for any benefits you’re entitled to.

    • Meet The Team
    • We’re the largest medical negligence department in the country, and our solicitors are highly rated by independent legal guides such as Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. With offices up and down the country, we’re able to help you wherever you are.

      We have years of experience in securing compensation for those who’ve suffered as a consequence of medical errors. Our solicitors are aware that every claim is different and we take the time to understand the care and support you need.

      For some people getting an apology and explanation for what’s happened is just as important as a compensation award. We’ll help you make a complaint and will campaign for systems to be put in place, to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Different Kinds Of Stroke?

A stroke happens when the brain’s blood supply is cut off, denying it oxygen and vital nutrients. They’re triggered by a range of factors, from high blood pressure to diabetes. The two main categories of strokes are:

  • Ischaemic, where a blood clot blocks an artery leading to the brain
  • Haemorrhagic, where a blood vessel near the brain bursts

Also known as a mini stroke, a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is another form of stroke. Although they can only last for a few minutes, TIAs share symptoms with full strokes and are often a sign that a major stroke is about to happen. This means that it’s vital they’re treated seriously – if a doctor fails to recognise the warning signs of a TIA, the consequences could be fatal.

If you’re worried that you’ve received substandard treatment for a stroke, please call one of our legal experts on 0800 121 6567 for an initial consultation, or contact us online.

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How Are Strokes Misdiagnosed?

The early signs of a stroke should always be treated with urgency by medical staff. These symptoms include:

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness – the victim might not be able to lift one of their arms
  • Speech problems – the victim’s speech might be jumbled or slurred

A quick diagnosis is crucial – if it’s an ischaemic stroke you may need special drugs to break up blood clots, and the sooner these are prescribed the better.

However, all too often the symptoms of a stroke are mistaken for other, less immediately life-threatening conditions such as:

  • Inner ear infections
  • Migraine
  • Hypoglycaemia

The longer a stroke is left undiagnosed and untreated, the greater the damage it does to the brain. If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of stroke misdiagnosis, our solicitors could help you work out what went wrong in your treatment. Call us on 0800 121 6567 for free initial advice, or contact us online.

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What Are The Effects Of A Stroke Misdiagnosis?

The consequences of a stroke are often devastating, affecting many different aspects of your life. We’ll fight to make sure that these effects are taken into account by your compensation, instructing independent medical experts to...

... investigate your injuries. Some of the most common effects of a stroke include issues with:

  • Communication
  • Continence
  • Emotions
  • Movement
  • Tiredness
  • Vision

If your stroke was misdiagnosed, these problems may be more severe than they would have been if you’d received a timely diagnosis. Call us on 0800 121 6567 for a free initial consultation with one of our legal advisers.

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We could help you access specialist care and rehabilitation that can make a huge difference to your life.

Our medical negligence solicitors work closely with rehabilitation specialists to ensure that our clients receive the support they need. We’re proud to have won Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven separate occasions.

We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.

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