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Brain injuries

A brain haemorrhage can occur at any time to a person of any age without any warning. Immediate medical attention is required to avoid brain damage or death.

What is a brain haemorrhage?

A brain haemorrhage is where blood leaks from a ruptured blood vessel over the brain tissue which can cause brain damage and death.  The main sign of a brain haemorrhage is pain at the back of the head which can sometimes be overlooked by healthcare professionals.  However, this is an extremely urgent condition which requires immediate medical attention.

The result of this if left untreated has extreme consequences on the patient including:

  • Brain damage

  • Death

Medical care and rehabilitation

Urgent medical attention for a brain haemorrhage is required to minimise the risk of any long term damage to your brain.  If treatment is delayed then rehabilitation will be required to help you cope with the daily effects the condition has on you.

We have vast experience of working with rehabilitation units throughout the country. We take an active role in providing quality information and advice to them about the extra resources that may be available. We work with rehabilitation experts both in the NHS and in the private sector to ensure the continuity of your care.

It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation, wherever possible, to assist you with your:

  • Rehabilitation

  • Re-education/training

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Aids and equipment

  • Care support

  • Therapeutic services

  • Case management.

Long-term support and care

Many people who suffer as a result of a brain haemorrhage require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can advise and support you. These include:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;

  • Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;

  • Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work.  Our specialist community care team can also provide advice and support in relation to your ongoing entitlement to health and social care provision and support at home or in the community.

Can I claim compensation for my a brain haemorrhage?

If you have suffered a brain haemorrhage which was misdiagnosed resulting in a delay in your treatment then you may have a claim.

The Moore Blatch Clinical Negligence team may also be able to help you with a claim for compensation if:

  • you have suffered a brain haemorrhage which was initially misdiagnosed resulting in a delay in your treatment; or

  • a member of your family has died as a result of a brain haemorrhage and their healthcare professional was negligent in diagnosing or treating the condition.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

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