What Is A Brain Haemorrhage?
A brain haemorrhage refers to a type of internal bleeding inside the skull. Often caused by a traumatic injury to the head, haemorrhages may also originate from a cerebral aneurysm (usually what is known as a ‘berry aneurysm’), or even a broken blood vessel.
A claim for brain haemorrhage compensation can often be made on the basis of a misdiagnosis, delayed treatment or surgical error. Such incidents can diminish the chances of a full recovery, potentially drastically reducing a patient’s quality of life.
Medical care in the UK is usually of a very high technical standard, making complications caused by cerebral haemorrhage operations thankfully quite rare. Unfortunately, the healthcare system is both overworked and underfunded, meaning damaging mistakes can and do occur. A brain haemorrhage left to develop can have debilitating consequences.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Brain Haemorrhage?
Brain haemorrhage symptoms may come about quite suddenly, or develop gradually over time, depending on the severity of the brain bleeding. The common symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Severe headaches
- Changes in vision
- Seizures (a haemorrhagic stroke)
- Balance problems
Unfortunately, the most common symptom – headaches – are often confused with ailments such as migraines. This means a diagnosis can be delayed, as a patient may merely be sent home with painkillers, allowing the bleeding in the brain to worsen.
A patient presenting with the above symptoms has the warning signs for a brain haemorrhage. Under such circumstances, a CT scan should be performed to quickly confirm the cause. Blood shines brighter than brain tissue on such a scan, making the location clear. A scan allows for a definitive diagnosis, and without such measures being taken a medical professional can easily misdiagnose a brain haemorrhage.
If a brain haemorrhage is left to escalate due to a misdiagnosis or delayed treatment then the patient may be left with permanent brain damage, potentially resulting in:
- Permanent speech abnormalities
- Balance and Movement issues
- Memory Problems
How Is A Brain Haemorrhage Treated?
Neurosurgical surgery is usually recommended within the first 24 hours of being admitted to hospital in order to prevent the burst cerebral aneurysm from bleeding again. Whilst the patient is under general anaesthetic, a cut is made in their scalp and a small flap of bone removed to reveal the brain.
When the haemorrhage is located, the neurosurgeon will seal it shut using a tiny metal clip. After the bone flap has been replaced, the scalp is stitched together.
Our Brain Injury Claims Experience
Here at Asons Solicitors, we have seen how quickly intracerebral haemorrhage complications from surgery can escalate – and just how damaging they can be. For that reason, we assess rehabilitation costs, loss of earnings and treatment needs from the outset of any brain haemorrhage 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 brain haemorrhage 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.