Neurology and Neurosurgery Claims
Neurology concerns the nervous system such as the brain, spinal cord and nerves, and when mistakes occur in these areas of the body, the impact on the patient can be devastating and life-long.
When a patient has a neurological illness or injury, diagnosis and treatment can be highly complex and high risk, requiring a great deal of specialist expertise.
Although neurologists have extensive training and knowledge, things can and do go wrong which can be due to negligence.
What is Neurology?
Neurology and neurosurgery concern the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
A neurologist is trained to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Tumours and traumatic brain injuries
- Disorders of mind and intellect such as Alzheimer’s, forms of dementia and problems relating to memory
- Headaches and migraines
- Facial pain
- Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA)
- Blackouts and dizziness
- Balance disorders
- Disorders affecting movements such as Parkinson’s disease and tremors
- Tingling, pins and needles and numbness
- Inflammatory disorders of the nervous system such as Multiple Sclerosis
- Sleep disorders
- Weakness in muscles, cramps and pains
What do neurosurgeons treat?
Neurosurgeons specialise in treating the above conditions.
Common conditions managed by neurosurgeons include:
- Hydrocephalus (fluid/water on the brain)
- Trauma to the spinal cord and head
- Brain tumours; infections of the brain
- Spinal disc herniation
- Anatomical malformations of the brain and spinal cord
- Treatment for various neurological conditions, such as epilepsy, stroke, etc.
You may have suffered one of the above conditions which have been made worse due to neurology negligence.
In some cases, a negligent procedure or surgery can cause permanent injuries.
You may have also undergone an unnecessary neurological procedure, which can exacerbate any existing disabilities.
Neurology and neurosurgery claims
There are some more common areas where neurology negligence occurs.
Much of the neurosurgery and neurology negligence we see include a failure to:
- Sufficiently test a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which can lead to permanent brain damage
- Diagnose and treat spinal conditions, causing permanent disability
- Adequately manage multiple sclerosis, leading to an exacerbated condition or disability
- Poorly managed medication for epilepsy
- Diagnose a brain tumour
We are experienced in dealing with all types of neurological and neurosurgical claims as a result of negligence, including the above and surgical errors.
In particular, we have dealt with claims arising from:
- Brain tumours and infections
- Spinal conditions
- Subarachnoid haemorrhage
- Multiple sclerosis
We are here to help if you think something has gone wrong that could have been avoided.
You can contact us for an initial consultation that will be free, confidential and will carry no obligation.
If you have grounds for a medical negligence compensation claim and decide to instruct us, we may deal your claim on a no win no fee basis, meaning you will be at no financial risk in the unlikely scenario your medical negligence claim is unsuccessful.
Call us on 0300 303 3634, fill in our simple online form, or email email@example.com.
Frequently asked questions
How will I cover legal costs; especially if I lose my case?
In the vast majority of our cases, we deal on a no win no fee basis. This is also known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA). A no win no fee arrangement means that, if you do not win, you do not have to pay any fees. If you do win, we will take a percentage of your damages as our success fee. This will usually be between 15% and 25% depending on the merits and value of your claim.
Is there a time limit for bringing a compensation claim?
Yes, there is. In general, the time limit is 3 years from the date of the negligent treatment. If you were initially unaware that there was negligence at play, the 3 year time limit will apply from the date you first became aware that you suffered a significant injury and that injury was due to the defendant’s negligence. In practice, this means a claim form must be issued at Court to commence proceedings within 3 years of the negligent act or knowledge of the negligence.