A judge at the High Court has ruled that a young woman who suffered a stroke should be awarded compensation for clinical negligence.
Samantha Cole, 30, began to suffer dizziness, headaches and vomiting in 2004 and went to her local hospital and her doctor’s surgery, Essex local paper the Gazette reports.
However, she was sent home. Her symptoms began to worsen and she eventually requested a home visit from her GP, Dr Joseph Huber, who failed to diagnose an impending stroke and did not refer her to the hospital.
Ms Cole suffered the stroke four days later and is now unable to walk unaided.
She took legal action against Dr Huber, who has now admitted clinical negligence.
Judge McMullen QC ruled that the stoke could have been prevented had the doctor spotted the symptoms sooner and said that Ms Cole should receive compensation, the sum of which will be decided at a later date.
According to Life After Stroke, some 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke – when an area of the brain is deprived of its blood supply, causing brain tissue to die – every year.