Failure to Diagnose Stroke
Fast diagnosis and treatment of a stroke is critical to saving lives and preventing permanent disabilities for survivors. When a stroke occurs brain cell killing chemicals are released and brain injury begins.
Timely treatment can stop this reaction and in some cases reverse the damage. Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), when properly administered, can reverse or prevent the onset of symptoms. This is only possible, however, if a stroke is quickly diagnosed.
When a patient exhibits stroke symptoms, it’s critical that the doctor conduct a comprehensive examination to determine if the patient is actually suffering from a stroke, or whether some other medical condition is occurring. Common symptoms exhibited by stroke victims include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm,or leg, sudden confusion, sudden problems in vision, severe headache, and dizziness or lack of coordination or balance.
Because not all patients experience all of these symptoms, and because some of these symptoms may be associated with other medical conditions, a doctor must act quickly in determining what medical condition exists.
Why was a Proper Diagnosis of Stroke Not Made?
When a doctor fails to make the correct diagnosis, a careful review of the doctor’s actions should be undertaken to see if the doctor acted in accordance with proper medical standards. For this review, our firm often engages other doctors, nurses, or qualified healthcare providers to examine the symptoms presented by the patient and the doctor’s examination of the patient. Only after a careful review can we ascertain whether the doctor may have been negligent.
If it appears that negligence occurred, the next step is to determine what damages were suffered by the patient as a result of the negligence. In the case of a stroke, if tPA was not administered and the patient suffered injury that otherwise would likely not have occurred, the patient may have a claim for damages.
Each case is unique, and the damages suffered by each patient are unique. These damages may range from temporary physical disability to long-term mental impairment or even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered from injuries resulting from medical negligence in failing to properly diagnose or treat a stroke, you may have a case of medical malpractice. Please contact us so that we may schedule an appointment at a time convenient with you to learn about your case. There is no obligation to use our firm, and we can discuss the options for recovery that may be available.
Our attorneys have represented clients in personal injury cases for decades. If you hire our firm and a case exists for medical malpractice or negligence, our firm will work hard to try to recover for you all damages to which you may be entitled from those responsible for causing harm to you or your loved one.
There is no fee owed to us while the litigation is progressing, as we are only entitled to a fee if we are successful in recovering compensation for our clients. This is what is referred to as “contingency fee” representation.