Subarachnoid Haemorrhages Claims

Subarachnoid haemorrhages can pose a serious threat to your health and could even be fatal, that’s why it is important that once detected it is treated as soon as possible.

A subarachnoid haemorrhage is a type of stroke caused by bleeding in and/or around the brain, one in 20 strokes in England are caused by subarachnoid haemorrhage.

What causes a subarachnoid haemorrhage?

Around eight out of ten subarachnoid haemorrhages are caused by brain aneurysms. This is blood which leaks from burst blood vessels in the brain, due to weaknesses in the vessel wall.

The blood from the burst aneurysm can cause damage to brain tissue and the loss of blood supply can also deprive the brain of oxygen and cause further damage.

It is not known for certain what causes brain aneurysms but the risk is increased for those with high blood pressure, consuming excessive amounts of alcohol or those that smoke.

There are other known causes of subarachnoid haemorrhages, such as:

  • Arteriovenous malformations- blood vessels developing abnormally
  • Brain infections that damage blood vessels
  • Brain tumours that damage the blood vessels
  • Severe head injury

(This list is not exhaustive)

What are the symptoms of a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage?

Initial symptoms are usually sudden, severe headaches, followed by vomiting. Other symptoms include:

  • Physical problems (weak arms or legs)
  • Slurred speech
  • Stiff neck
  • Visual impairment
  • More severe cases can see people collapse and suffer seizures.

Making a claim

Failure by a hospital doctor or GP to recognise the symptoms of a subarachnoid haemorrhage and then prescribe the necessary tests and treatments could increase the risk of a re-bleed or pose a threat of further damage.

Brain haemorrhages can cause serious brain damage and even death. It is important that the medical professionals treating you or your loved one act quickly. If you, a relative or a friend has suffered from a brain haemorrhage and believe the treatment from either a NHS or private doctor was negligent and led to further damage then you could have a claim for medical negligence.

For more information call our medical negligence department on 0151 735 1000 and speak to one of our Liverpool solicitors today.


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