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May is Stroke Awareness Month

Our clinical negligence lawyers understand that when a loved one has suffered a stroke it can be life changing.    A stroke is one of the UK’s biggest health concerns and the Stroke Association advises that a stroke occurs once every 5 minutes in the UK alone.   

When Diane approached us regarding concerns she had over her husband’s care whilst holidaying in the South of England, our team agreed to support her and find answers to why they were turned away from hospital when her husband was actually suffering a stroke.   

Following a lengthy, defended case, we were able to secure a compensation settlement that helped Diane to regain some of her own life after she had become her husband’s full-time carer. 

Diane says “my husband was a very strong, independent man.  He was working and full of spirit.  We enjoyed our holidays and looked forward to a future together.   When he became unwell on holiday, we were guided by the local hospital that it was nothing significant, potentially blood pressure related and that we should just have him seen when we got home.  

Had I known at that point what the signs and symptoms of a stroke could have been I would have pressed for him to be admitted to hospital.   We were reassured he was okay.   How wrong could they have been? 


During the legal case I found out that if they had admitted him, it was likely that he could have had treatment to halt the progress of the stroke and he would have retained most of his previous self and certainly have been able to return to work and independence”

Stroke Awareness

A stroke is a severe, life-threatening medical condition that is triggered, in the main, by the interruption of blood flowing into the brain.   Damage is caused to the brain, and the longer a stroke is unrecognised, the more harm it can cause.     

The severity of a stroke can be devastating.   It can range from minor changes in personality through to impacting bodily function, cognitive ability and life expectancy.  

The Stroke Association has a lot of guidance on managing your health and avoiding the risks of suffering a stroke.   

It is important to remember the early warning signs of a stroke:  

FAST ….

F stands for FACE drooping, inability to smile, one-sided facial changes

A stands for ARMS inability to lift the arms due to weakness, one-sided or both sides.  A feeling of numbness or tingling may occur

S stands for SPEECH is there a slur to their speech, do their sentences not make sense?  Are they struggling to communicate or saying something unusual?

T stands for TIME, the sooner a stroke is recognised the better chance of recovery.  Don’t take any chances, seek urgent medical advice if any of the above signs occur.

Diane says “slurring of his sentences, arm weakness and a complete fatigue came over my husband.   This occurred on a couple of occasions, both before and after we had been to hospital.

Our Solicitor Nicola Evans worked hard to get compensation for us.   The Hospital Trust defended the claims, even when they finally agreed to a settlement.  She really fought for us.  The money she has secured for us has allowed us to move home, make adaptations and pay someone to help me care for my husband.    He is doing well but I know that his life expectancy has reduced due to their negligence, and I only wish that I had pushed for him to be treated differently.”  

Talk to our Medical Negligence Specialists

If you or a loved one have been affected by the devastating effects of stroke and believe that there may have been delays in medical treatment, please contact our team on 0800 987 8800, by email at medneg@bmcf.co.uk or fill in this contact form for more information on how we can help you.