Doctors should be well aware of typical signs of stroke, in particular sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs.
By: Stroke Law.Com
Time is of the essence in treating stroke because time lost is brain lost, something that all doctors should know. By failing to quickly diagnose a stroke, doctors, hospitals and other medical providers put their patients at risk for permanent brain injury and even wrongful death.
And these cases of stroke negligence are typically handled by New York licensed attorneys Corey Rosenbaum and Robert Faden.
Common stroke symptoms
Doctors should be well aware of typical stroke symptoms and get their patients to the hospital as soon as possible after warning signs like sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body appear.
Doctors should not only be familiar with these signs of stroke but also know what to do: act FAST. The “FAST” acronym was devised by the National Stroke Association to advise potential stroke victims, doctors and hospitals to act F.A.S.T:
FACE. Ask the person to smile. Check to see if one side of the face droops.
ARMS. Ask the person to raise both arms. See if one arm drifts downward.
SPEECH. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Check to see if words are slurred and if the sentence is repeated correctly.
TIME. If a person shows any of these symptoms, time is essential. It is important to get to the hospital as quickly as possible.
Why this matters
If your doctor fails to diagnose the onset of a stroke or an actual stroke, you can suffer a permanent brain injury or die. By acting FAST, a patient can be given clot busting medicine that can prevent a stroke or limit the damage to the brain. If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke and your doctor failed to act FAST, you could be the victim of stroke negligence.
Call the founders of Stroke-Law.com, Cory Rosenbaum and Robert Faden. They are available for free consultations and all legal fees are on a contingency basis. You could be entitled to a monetary reward.
Remember: time lost is brain lost so act F.A.S.T.