Delayed Treatment Can Lead To Stroke

Signs and symptoms of an imminent stroke should be taken seriously. The problem needs to be addressed now, before it is too late. Likewise, stroke risk factors should be taken seriously and brought to the forefront of a patient's care.

In many medical malpractice cases, a lawsuit is brought because the doctor did something that caused injury or death. However, a medical malpractice claim can also be brought when a doctor failed to do something he or she should have done and that negligence led to a medical complication or death. If a loved one has been affected by an unexplained stroke, we may be able to help you find answers that the doctors won't give you.

Could The Stroke Have Been Prevented?

Signs of a stroke often include numbness or weakness, particularly on one side of the body, and sudden onset of vision or speech problems. These types of symptoms require prompt assessment and treatment. If detected soon enough, the underlying problem may be treatable — preventing the stroke from ever occurring.

We employ medical experts to analyze the events surrounding a patient's medical care and the events surrounding their stroke. Some considerations in aneurysm misdiagnosis and stroke cases include:

  • Brain aneurysm: A brain aneurysm (blockage in the artery causing it to balloon and burst) can be treated if detected. However, failure to diagnose a brain aneurysm can lead to a stroke and sudden death.
  • Carotid artery: Diagnosis of carotid artery disease is important. Risk factors for carotid artery disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, a family history of the disease, smoking and other medical issues. Surgical intervention to remove built-up plaque can reduce the risk of stroke. However, when a doctor fails to diagnose blockage or narrowing of a carotid artery, the necessary intervention cannot be performed.
  • Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs): Transient ischemic attacks, often referred to as ministrokes, are temporary events that usually pass within a small amount of time. Symptoms such as numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the face or body), difficulty speaking, confusion, disorientation, loss of balance or severe headaches should never be ignored. These are often warning signs of an impending stroke.
  • Delay in stroke treatment: Patients arriving in an emergency room within three hours of developing stroke symptoms may qualify for clot-busting drugs such as tPA.

When a medical error, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a problem leads to a person suffering a catastrophic stroke, the medical professionals should be held accountable for their negligence.

Taking Steps Toward Compensation

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