By: Kyle Colona
Lawyers with expertise in stroke negligence cases are well aware that stroke is a common and life-threatening affliction. While strokes can occur without warning, there are often warning signs or symptoms like severe headaches, neck pain, weakness, or vision changes before a stroke incident.
Strokes kill about 150,000 people and cause severe disability for many more every year. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that current medical technology and diagnostic tools allow doctors and hospitals to quickly detect, treat and in some cases, prevent stroke. However, sometimes stroke gets misdiagnosed or is diagnosed too late.
An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, about 80% of cases. These occur when blood clots develop in an artery that carries blood and oxygen to the brain. In the event of an ischemic stroke, time lost is brain lost. If a blood clot is not treated quickly a brain injury can occur. This could lead to mental, physical, emotional, or behavioral disability. Ischemic stroke can be treated if it is diagnosed properly, however.
Hemorrhagic stroke is the other type of stroke. These occur when a blood vessel breaks, causing bleeding in the brain. Treating this type of stroke is different than the treatment for ischemic stroke; and diagnosing and treating the wrong type of stroke can lead to further injury.
Stroke negligence cases usually arise when a stroke could have been properly treated or even prevented. Such cases arise when a medical provider fails to diagnose the stroke and not conducting proper tests to recognize blockage caused by blood clots
In other cases strokes can be misdiagnosed as other medical conditions and then clot busting medicine like t-PA is not given to a patient. There also have been cases when patients with atrial fibrillation are not provided with anti-coagulant medicine.
In short, prompt medical treatment is critical when a stoke hits. This includes medications like TPA in the event of an ischemic or surgical interventions designed to minimize or prevent damage from a brain hemorrhage. Unfortunately, in some instances, medical providers fail to diagnose and adequately treat stoke. And this could be a case of stroke negligence.
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The founders of StrokeLaw.com, Cory Rosenbaum & Robert Fader, are New York attorneys with decades of experience representing victims of medical malpractice and stroke victims and their loved ones. They are available for free consultations.