What Is An Aneurysm?
An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall, usually located at the point where it branches. The aneurysm occurs as a small area bulging outwards like a balloon as blood passes through the weakened blood vessel and the pressure causes outward expansion.
Aneurysms may develop in blood vessels anywhere in the body, but are most commonly found by far in either the abdominal aorta (an artery which transports blood away from the heart to the rest of the body) and the brain.
Aneurysms in the brain are known medically as intracranial or cerebral aneurysms. Most brain aneurysms will cause noticeable symptoms only if they burst (rupture), which causes an extremely serious condition known as a subarachnoid haemorrhage. Bleeding caused by this haemorrhage can cause extensive brain damage.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Brain Aneurysm?
As stated, symptoms for aneurysms aren’t usually felt until the weakened blood vessel has ruptured. When this occurs, immediate symptoms result which may include:
- a sudden agonising headache – known as a ‘thunderclap headache’, similar a sudden hit on the head, blinding pain unlike anything experienced before may be felt
- stiff neck
- sickness and vomiting
- pain upon looking at light
Subarachnoid haemorrhages are extremely serious. About 3 in 5 people who have one will die within two weeks and half of those who survive are left with severe brain damage and disability.
How Are Brain Aneurysms Diagnosed?
If a brain aneurysm is suspected, a scan of the patient’s brain will usually be carried out – either a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, which uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of their brain, or a computerised tomography (CT) scan, using a series of X-rays which are assembled in 3D.
In some rare cases, a ruptured aneurysm is not picked up by a CT scan. If a CT scan is negative, but symptoms strongly suggest the patient has sustained a ruptured aneurysm, the medical professional should perform a test called a lumbar puncture.
How Are Brain Aneurysms Treated?
If a brain aneurysm is detected before it ruptures, treatment may be recommended to prevent future rupturing. Most aneurysms, however, will not rupture so treatment is only carried out if the risk of rupture is particularly high. The same techniques used to prevent ruptures are also used to treat brain aneurysms that have already ruptured.
Treatment will differ depending on the patient’s age, health, and family medical history, in addition to the size and position of the aneurysm. It will usually involve either filling the aneurysm with tiny metal coils, or sealing it shut with a tiny metal clip during open operation.
Even if the patient’s risk of rupture is low, they should still undergo regular check-ups to monitor the aneurysm. Medications may also be given to reduce blood pressure and advice given to reduce the chances of rupture – for example, smokers might have to cease smoking.
What Might Be Classed As Medical Negligence In Treatment Of Aneurysms?
Owing to the fact that aneurysm symptoms tend to develop very quickly and are extremely damaging when left unchecked, if a medical professional fails to diagnose or gives a misdiagnosis in the case of a ruptured aneurysm, this may be classed as medical negligence and warrant a malpractice claim.
The common ways in which errors classed as negligence occur are as follows:
- Delays in diagnosing a brain aneurysm
- Premature discharge from hospital without treatment
- Delays in treating a brain aneurysm
- Failure to perform surgery within a reasonable period of time
- Delay in active observation for possible aneurysm rupture
- Failure to perform preventative treatment to stop an aneurysm
- Delay in, or failure to provide, rehabilitative therapy
If any of these failings occurred in your or a family member’s case and caused complications, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
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How Much Will I Get?
Everyon’e’s claim is entirely different, so it is difficult to advise accurately. However, our Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator may provide a rough estimate of what you may receive. These estimates are based on your injuries and also other factors, such as psychological problems and missed time at work.
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Our Brain Aneurysm Negligence Compensation Claims Experience
Here at Asons Solicitors, we have seen how quickly complications caused by aneurysms can escalate – and just how damaging they can be. For that reason, we assess rehabilitation costs and treatment needs from the outset of any aneurysm negligence claim, so that compensation received will support the patient in the long term. With a wealth of experience gained over years of service, we are able to focus on the most important clinical and evidential matters from the outset. In using the greatest expertise available, we can ensure the greatest possible outcome for your aneurysm negligence compensation claim.
We know that victims and their families are often hesitant to come forward with their medical claims. As medical negligence solicitors, it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this common concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you. We aid you in acquiring all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to gather all appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved to substantiate your claim.