Brain, Spine & Nerve Injuries

Solicitors in Essex & London


Many medical negligence claims which involve neurological injury to the brain, spine or nerves are due to a failure to diagnose and treat correctly, or at all, resulting in catastrophic consequences.

Neurologists are trained to investigate, diagnose and treat a wide range of disorders including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Brain tumours
  • Headaches and migraines, facial pain and weakness
  • Vertigo/balance disorders, dizziness and blackouts
  • Tingling, pins and needles and numbness
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Stroke and mini-troke/TIA
  • Parkinson’s disease, tremors and disorders affecting movement
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Claims can arise due to a failure to diagnose and treat these conditions, which can result in severe disability, brain damage and death. Our medical negligence solicitors in Essex and London have dealt with many cases relating to brain, spine and nerve injuries across the region.

Neurological examinations and observations must be conducted properly and thoroughly. From assessment of muscle strength and movement, balance, memory and speech to diagnostic tests such as CAT scans, MRI scans EMG/NVC, the specialist must know what to look for and how best to treat it. Errors at the diagnostic stage of assessment can have a devastating and permanent effect on the patient.

Brain Injury Claims

Brain injuries arising from medical negligence can be lengthy and complex. Such claims can arise following a failure to diagnose and treat strokes, clots and haemorrhages or following surgical mistakes.

Nobody wants to sue the NHS, but sometimes issues arise whereby it becomes the only option. If a patient or loved one has suffered a needless loss or has been exposed to a significant brain injury which could have been avoided, then it is inevitable that there will be long-term needs required, such as professional care, rehabilitation and therapies which can be costly. If a patient can no longer work due to a life-changing injury through no fault of their own and cannot cover these additional costs as well as the daily costs of living, then a claim is sometimes the only option.

Our clinical negligence solicitors in Essex and London have experience of bringing brain injury claims to a successful resolution for both patients and their loved ones.

Stroke Claims

A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, resulting in the brain being starved of oxygen. If brain cells are starved of oxygen then the cells die, resulting in a brain injury.

Strokes are one of the most common causes of death, yet patients and medics can still be hesitant in dealing with them.

Types of stroke:

  1. Ischaemic Stroke – where a blood clot gets trapped in a vessel preventing or significantly reducing blood flow.
  2. Haemorrhagic Stroke – where a blood vessel ruptures and results in a bleed on the brain. These are less common and usually caused by high blood pressure, which can weaken the arteries in the brain and make them prone to split or rupture.
  3. A mini-stroke or a Transient Ischaemic Attack (“TIA”) occurs when the blood supply to the brain is temporarily disrupted. This type of stroke usually occurs due to a temporary blockage, such as a blood clot, air pocket or fatty build up. The blood supply is then restored, but it is very likely that it will happen again. Therefore, a TIA must be taken very seriously because it is often a precursor to a full stroke.

When a patient presents with a suspected stroke, medical practitioners must carry out tests without delay, including brain imaging scans (MRI or CT) followed by suitable and swift treatment and medication to reduce/minimise the effect of the stroke.

If a GP fails to spot the signs of a stroke and doesn’t refer the patient immediately, this can cause a worsening of the symptoms and diminishes the opportunity for a good recovery. In such circumstances, a claim should be investigated. As time is of the essence it may transpire that the window of opportunity had already passed. These cases must, therefore, be thoroughly and properly investigated to ensure that there is a viable claim.

If hospital staff fail to act promptly, misdiagnose or provide incorrect or delayed treatment then the patient could suffer significantly and unnecessarily. Delays in stroke patients can lead to significant long-term brain injury and/or death.

Our team of medical negligence solicitors in Essex and London are recommended by Legal 500 and have vast experience in dealing with claims arising from strokes.

Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Claims

Subarachnoid haemorrhage is a type of stroke caused by bleeding on the brain. A subarachnoid haemorrhage must be diagnosed and treated without delay, otherwise, damage to the brain can arise resulting in permanent neurological issues or death.

A CT scan and a lumbar puncture are important diagnostic tools and, once diagnosed, treatment must commence immediately to prevent further bleeding.

Unfortunately, subarachnoid haemorrhages can be left untreated due to a failure to recognise the symptoms, resulting in devastating consequences which could have been avoided. Our lawyers can assist in making a negligence claim relating to subarachnoid haemorrhages.

Spinal Injury Claims

The results of a spinal cord injury can be life-changing. A failure to treat spinal conditions can result in permanent disability, limited mobility, incontinence issues and so on.

The cost of healthcare provision, rehabilitation, aids and adaptations to the home and the cost of living can be extensive and overwhelming. Once an admission of liability has been obtained, our expert team of medical negligence solicitors can secure an interim payment to enable you access to a variety of specialists that can provide you with the care, support and treatment tailored to your specific needs to aid your recovery.

Nerve Damage Claims

Some nerve injuries occur when surgeons fail to identify a nerve during surgery for hip or knee replacements, hernia surgery, abdominal surgery, vaginal surgery and so on.

Other nerve injuries occur from needles, whether to give injections, take blood or provide pain relief/epidural/facet joint injections.

Some nerve injuries are short-lived and mild, however, other nerve injuries can be debilitating and long-term, causing difficulty with day-to-day living as well as psychological symptoms in severe cases.

Compensation can assist in securing funds for private and immediate treatments, carers, rehabilitation and so on. Our medical negligence solicitors have worked with many clients in bringing a successful claim against surgeons for nerve damage across Essex, London and further afield.

Negligence relating to brain, spine or nerve injuries could arise from a failure to diagnose, a failure to treat or treat appropriately or could arise following negligently performed operations.  There may even be issues relating to whether the risks were discussed in detail and properly explained in order for you to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the treatment.

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We offer a free initial meeting to discuss your brain, spine or nerve injury claim, assess the merits of any action and attempt to give you an indication of the compensation you may be entitled to and the likely duration of your case. We act for most of our clients on a no win no fee basis, or under a legal expenses insurance policy. We have disabled access at our Hornchurch, Brentwood and Upminster offices. If more convenient, we are happy to visit our clients at home or in hospital in Essex, London or further afield.

Our Medical Negligence accreditations include:

APIL
The Law Society Member of Personal Injury
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