Cerebral Aneurysm Solicitors - Brain Haemorrhage Compensation Claim - Australia

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A brain aneurysm is a ballooning out of a blood vessel in the brain. It is a thin walled portion of the vessel that can easily leak under the right circumstances. In other cases, the brain aneurysm can completely rupture, causing excessive bleeding in a portion of the brain. It can lead to what’s called a haemorrhagic stroke. Brain aneurysms are often found in the space between the brain and the layers covering the brain, leading to a subarachnoid haemorrhage, considered to be a medical emergency.

Fortunately, the bulk of brain aneurysms do not leak or rupture. They can be found incidentally during a brain test done for another reason. Sometimes unruptured aneurism is treated anyway in anticipation of it possibly rupturing. In other cases, they are watched to make sure they don’t get any larger.

Brain haemorrhage compensation claim solicitors deal with applications for awards of damages for personal injury on the basis of medical negligence following either miss-diagnosis or failed surgical intervention both of which can cause a worsening of the initial problem.

Symptoms

An unruptured aneurysm generally has few symptoms. A ruptured aneurysm, on the other hand, reveals a sudden, severe headache associated with nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, double vision, stiff neck, seizures, drooping eyelid on one side, confusion and loss of consciousness.

A leaking aneurysm often yields a severe headache without other neurological findings. An unruptured aneurysm, if it produces symptoms at all, can show a pain above one eye, a dilated pupil, paralysis or numbness of a body part, alteration of vision, or a drooping eyelid.

Brain haemorrhage compensation claim lawyers often deal with cases where a patient in the early stages of a brain haemorrhage presents at hospital suffering from severe headache to be told to go home and take analgaesics. Within a few hours the patient is unconscious, often with little chance of full recovery which may have taken place with early surgical intervention. This scenario may be determined to be an issue of medical negligence leading to an award of damages for pain and suffering and financial losses.

Risk Factors

Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone but there are some risk factors that predispose a person to getting an aneurysm. This condition often forms where there are branches or forks in arteries because arteries are weaker in those sections. Predisposing factors include smoking history, being of an older age, having high blood pressure, having arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, using cocaine or other illicit drugs, having a head injury, being an alcoholic, having a family history of aneurysms, having low estrogen post-menopause, having a connective tissue disorder that weakens blood vessel tissue, having certain blood infections, having polycystic kidney disease or being born with coarctation of the aorta, which is narrowing of the aorta in a specific spot. If you develop arteriovenous malformations or AVMs, you are at higher risk for brain haemorrhages from aneurysms.

Treatment of Aneurisms

The usual treatment of an aneurysm involves doing surgery to stop the bleeding. There are two major types of surgery that are done to resolve a bleeding aneurysm. The first is clipping, in which the skull is opened up and a metal clip is placed on the neck of the aneurysm. The other option is less invasive. The doctor puts a catheter into an artery and threads it up to the bleeding site. A guide wire is used to push a platinum wire into the aneurysm - one that coils up and clots off the bleeding. Such a procedure is called endovascular coiling. The coil is less invasive but there is a higher risk of rebleeding at a later date.

The rest of the treatment for a rupture is supportive. Pain medication is given to control the headache. Vasopressors are given to prevent a stroke, Calcium Channel Blockers are given to lessen the vasospasm near the ruptured artery and to reduce brain injury. Medications are given to prevent seizures. Pressure on the brain may need to be controlled through the placement of a ventricular catheter that reduces pressure on the brain by draining the high pressure fluid into the abdominal area. Of course, if there are neurological deficits, there needs to be rehabilitation so the person can return to as normal function as possible.

If the aneurysm hasn't ruptured, doctors can use surgical methods to clip or coil the aneurysm. It all depends on how healthy you are, how young you are and where the aneurism is located. Blood pressure management is also extremely important to lower your risk of having a bleed.

Inadequate surgical treatment may be an issue of medical negligence whereby brain haemorrhage compensation claim solicitors can issue proceedings to claim damages for personal injury and loss.

Medical Negligence Solicitors

Our brain haemorrhage compensation claim solicitors deal with legal action for medical negligence using the no win no fee scheme. If you would like free legal advice with no further obligation just call the helpline, email our offices or use the contact form.

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