Unfortunately, there are times when medical practitioners fail to detect a stroke in a patient correctly, which can have severe effects. In such cases, the afflicted patient or their family members may be able to initiate a medical malpractice claim against the negligent medical practitioner or institution.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a dangerous medical condition in which blood flow to the brain is cut off, resulting in devastating and long-term consequences. Strokes can be fatal, claiming the lives of over 100,000 people every year.
When a stroke is detected early enough, it can be treated with physical therapy, medicines, and close proper medical care. However, the strokes are really not easy to detect and often necessitates an MRI and other tests to appropriately diagnose.
Types of strokes
There are three different kinds of strokes. Hemorrhagic strokes, sometimes known as bleeding strokes, are characterized by severe headaches and can be treated surgically with minimal if any, long-term consequences if detected early.
Ischemic strokes, often known as clot strokes or "brain attacks," are the most frequent type of stroke and must be recognized and treated within 3 to 4 hours of onset to avoid irreparable consequences.
Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs), sometimes known as "mini-strokes," are characterized by symptoms that disappear within 1 to 24 hours.
Because the time to treat a stroke patient is limited, every move made by a health professional is critical, and there is little margin for mistakes. If a patient is suffering from numbness and other stroke signs and their physician fails to follow the correct stroke procedure, resulting in death or significant harm, the patient may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim. Furthermore, neglecting to treat a stroke victim within the key three-hour window, failing to seek a CT scan for a stroke victim quickly, or failing to identify the severity of the condition as a whole could result in a medical malpractice case.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When you learn your stroke was misdiagnosed or was delayed in treatment), the primary thing you need to do is contact a malpractice attorney. Your attorney will do a quick investigation of your doctor and their medical team, the hospital you visited, and your medical records to look for medical errors. In order to bolster your case, your attorney will look for previous offenses by your doctor in similar cases.
Able to sue your physician for a stroke misdiagnosis is about more than just getting the money you need to live a comfortable life and have your medical requirements fulfilled; it's also about understanding and dealing with your situation.