A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures, killing brain cells. It is a leading cause for disability in the United States, and the fifth most common cause of death.
How does a stroke relate to medical malpractice?
When a patient experiences a stroke and it is misdiagnosed by a physician, it may be considered malpractice. The doctor and medical staff should be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and take the necessary tests from there. Symptoms include:
- Severe headache
- Sudden change in vision
- Sudden trouble speaking
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden walking and balance struggle
- Sudden feeling of numbness in the face, arm or leg
When a patient arrives at the hospital reporting such symptoms, the doctor should order a CT scan or an MRI, which can generally determine whether the patient is experiencing a stroke and what type it is. The type is important, as certain medications for one type may negatively affect the other. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot, where bleeding causes a hemorrhagic stroke.
Even after testing, a doctor may misdiagnose the condition. Misdiagnosis can be failing to diagnose the type of stroke, or diagnosing the stroke as a completely different condition, like hypoglycemia or seizures. If the stroke is misdiagnosed, the patient will not receive the treatment and medication he or she needs in a timely manner, leading to more economic and non-economic damages, loss of wages, medical and hospital bills, as well as pain and suffering.
Our medical malpractice attorneys can help
At Thurswell Law, our attorneys have extensive experience in medical malpractice cases, and have the know-how to obtain the proper medical records and review your file to see if you have a valid claim. We will ease your suffering by holding the physician legally liable for their actions. We will not charge you unless we are able to secure monetary compensation for you. Call us today for a free consultation at (248) 354-2222.