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A stroke is a sudden reduction of blood flow to the brain. Strokes can occur in two major ways. Ischemic strokes are caused by blockages in the arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes, meanwhile, occur when blood vessels burst in the brain and blood begins flowing into brain tissue.
Often, strokes cannot be prevented. Every year in the United States, nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke, while more than 140,000 people die from the condition. This makes strokes the third-leading cause of death in the country.
If someone you love has suffered a stroke, you expect to receive the best medical care. After all, proper attention can often be the difference between life and death. However, all too frequently, doctors either fail to diagnose or misdiagnose a stroke. This can complicate your loved one’s condition and even lead to wrongful death.
If you believe a doctor missed or misdiagnosed your family member’s stroke, contact Latona Law. We’ve been winning stroke malpractice settlements for our clients for decades. Let us help your family, too.
Misdiagnosing or Failing to Diagnose a Stroke
Strokes are classified as cerebrovascular diseases, or conditions relating to the brain and its blood vessels. Most strokes are ischemic–caused either by atherosclerosis, narrowed or blocked arteries, or a blood clot that breaks loose and travels to the brain, thereby stopping blood flow.
Doctors must always be prepared to diagnose and treat any type of stroke. This starts by being able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke, which include:
- Paralysis or numbness on one side of the body
- Tingling in a limb
- Trouble speaking
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If a doctor expertly recognizes these symptoms of a stroke, he or she can immediately begin working to treat it. Proper care involves conducting a physical exam, performing an ultrasound of the patient’s arteries, and administering blood thinners to the patient, among other treatments.
In other cases, a doctor or other medical professional can fail to perform all the necessary actions following a stroke. Perhaps they read lab tests incorrectly or failed to order those tests at all. Or maybe the doctor did not account for the patient’s medical history or wrote off the patient as being an unlikely candidate for a stroke because he or she was young.
A doctor’s failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of a stroke can lead to the patient’s injuries becoming significantly worse. A stroke that is left untreated can result in a brain injury, another stroke, loss of motor skills, paralysis in half of the body, changes in behavior, difficulty speaking and comprehending, and even death.
Misdiagnosed Stroke Lawsuit.
If you feel a doctor has misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose a stroke in a loved one, Latona Law wants to help. We will gather evidence for your situation and determine whether you have a case. If we find that your doctor truly failed in his or her duties in treating your family member’s stroke, we will initiate a stroke lawsuit on your behalf. And we will not stop fighting until we win compensation for your family.
A successful misdiagnosed stroke lawsuit would provide financial restitution for the use of long-term medical and disability care, medical bills, and loss of wages. The compensation can also pay for funeral expenses and the patient’s and family’s pain and suffering.
Stroke Medical Malpractice Lawsuit.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury due to a delay in the diagnosis or treatment of a stroke, Latona Law can evaluate your case and get answers. Act now by completing our online form, or call us directly at 570-825-9000 to speak to one of our experienced attorneys.
We have been standing up to medical negligence in NEPA for more than 30 years. Let us win justice for your family.