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More about stroke claims
Because a stroke often strikes suddenly and unexpectedly, it can be a frightening experience for the person suffering it and their family. The main symptoms of stroke have been well publicised, using the mnemonic FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.
The victim’s face may drop on one side, they may be unable to lift one or both arms, their speech may be slurred or garbled and if they show any of these symptoms, an ambulance should be called immediately. Treatment depends on the type of stroke suffered and which part of the brain was affected.
For those suffering from an ischaemic stroke, clot-busting medications may be used. It is vital that the doctor correctly diagnoses the type of stroke suffered since using this drug would be dangerous for patients suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
The diagnosis of a stroke may be delayed or missed altogether because the symptoms could be attributed to other conditions such as a migraine or a simple headache. Any delay in diagnosis or failure to conduct an MRI scan would contravene National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and would be considered negligent.
Following the initial treatment, the process of rehabilitation begins. Getting the appropriate care in place and arranging rehabilitation to allow a stroke victim to regain some of their previous capabilities is an extremely important part of any stroke claim