Brain injury can arise either through trauma, such as a road traffic accident which requires emergency treatment, or on account of an underlying condition or disease which goes undetected.
Medical negligence claims can involve analysing: primary care provided by GPs; the work of A & E Departments; x – rays / scans taken by Radiologists or Neuroradiologists; surgery performed by Neurosurgeons; the quality of rehabilitation and after care.
Proving causation of injuries can be very complex. Sadly brain injury claims often involve the most severe and debilitating injuries or even the death of a patient.
Typical cases that arise include:-
- A failure by a GP to recognise or to take adequate steps to investigate symptoms which could be caused by an underlying brain disease or injury.
- Failures by an A&E Department to recognise or to take the necessary steps (such as CT scanning or a Lumbar Puncture) to investigate symptoms indicative of a serious neurological condition or injury – eg meningitis.
- Failings by Radiologists or Neuroradiologists to identify head injuries such as bleeds to the brain or tumours.
- Late / inadequate / inappropriate brain or spinal surgery.
- Inadequate follow up care / management / rehabilitation after surgery.
- Timely recognition and treatment of Alzheimers, Dementia or other neurological disorders.
We have a particular expertise in medical negligence cases involving subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), meningitis, meningioma and other brain tumours. We have settled multi-million pound claims on behalf of clients and their families.