Claim relating to stroke suffered during embolisation procedure

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Claim relating to stroke suffered during embolisation procedure


We have recently issued proceedings in a claim where our client, a man in his 40s, suffered a stroke during an embolisation procedure, which was required prior to surgery to remove a tumour from his neck.

The purpose of the procedure was to inject particles which restrict blood flow to the tumour. This was advised in order to reduce the risks of complications associated with the surgery.

We are alleging negligence in the way in which the procedure was carried out, and that failings in the conduct of the procedure, particularly in taking precautions to guard against complications, led to a significant amount of embolisation particles reaching our client’s brain. This blocked the blood flow to the brain and caused a significant stroke. As a result of these events, he has been left very significantly disabled and dependent on others for all aspects of day to day life.

While it is agreed between the parties that the particles travelling to the brain were the cause of the stroke, there is a significant dispute as to whether what occurred was a recognised complication that can happen despite appropriate care, or was in fact due to failing to perform the procedure to an acceptable standard. In view of this dispute, we are now issuing proceedings to resolve the matter.

Partner Philippa Luscombe, who is leading the case, comments: “The events in question have had a devastating effect on our client and his family. Based on our expert evidence we consider that the neuroradiologist performing this procedure did not take sufficient steps to minimise the risk of this known complication occurring. Given the dispute between the parties and the significance of the outcome, there is no option but to issue court proceedings and to start working through a court timetable to resolve this matter.”


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