Failure to Diagnose or Treat Strokes
ROB LEVINE, MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER
VICTIM OF A STROKE INJURY NEGLIGENCE? GET AN ATTORNEY
A stroke is a common medical condition that occurs when there is a severe lack of blood flow to the brain as a result of a brain bleed or occlusion. When dealing with a stroke patient, the most crucial factor is time, time equals brain matter. The longer it takes to diagnose and properly treat a stroke patient, the greater the risk of loss of brain matter. The American Stroke Association states that a stroke is the 5th most common cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. If left untreated, a stroke can result in life-altering side effects or even death. Therefore, rapid and proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for stroke patients.
ERRORS THAT RESULT IN STROKE INJURIES
Failing to recognize the symptoms of a stroke could be the difference between life and death for many patients. There are several errors throughout the process of receiving a diagnosis and treatment that could result in a stroke injury.
These errors include:
LASTING SIDE EFFECTS OF STROKES
If not treated properly, strokes can leave a person with debilitating side effects. Due to the lack of blood flow to the brain, it is not uncommon for someone to experience brain damage after suffering through a stroke. These side effects can be mitigated through physical therapy but are often prevalent throughout the remainder of the person’s life. Sometimes, these lifelong side effects could have been prevented through proper diagnosis and treatment.
Side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Nerve damage
- Speech impairment
- Lack of coordination
- Changes in behavior
Patients may also experience:
- Loss of vision
- Emotional changes
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
THE BOTTOM LINE
Stroke symptoms can sometimes be ambiguous and difficult to detect. However, we rely on trained professionals such as doctors, to identify the signs and symptons to order the proper tests and diagnose the stroke without delay. The importance of timing when it comes to diagnosing a stroke cannot be overstated. It is the doctor’s responsibility to recognize the symptoms and promptly take the appropriate action to give the patient the best possible outcome.
With over 20 years of experience and more than $2 billion recovered, Rob Levine & Associates continues to fight on behalf of clients who have experienced injuries and disabilities.
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