Stroke medical malpractice lawsuits seek compensation for patients who suffered serious complications due to the failure of a hospital doctor to prevent a stroke. Many times a patient will present to an emergency department with signs of a stroke, but will not receive the necessary urgent treatment to prevent serious harm. The medical misdiagnosis of a stroke and the delay in providing urgent treatment can cause devastating consequences.
Emergency room physicians and physicians regularly see patients who a number of symptoms of a stroke. Common signs and symptoms of a patient having a stroke or an impending stroke include:
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
A patient presenting to the hospital with these symptoms should be considered a medical emergency. Tests like a a CT scan or MRI can identify the impending stroke and will trigger necessary stroke prevention treatment. One effective treatment for minimizing the damage from a stroke is the drug, tissue plasminogen activator (TPA). TPA must be administered within the first three hours of the onset of the stroke. It can only be used if there is a blood clot in the brain, but not if there is bleeding. TPA dissolves the blood clot, opening up the artery and prevents further damage.
Our stroke malpractice attorneys file cases against hospitals for the failure to properly give TPA to a patient presenting with early signs of a stroke in the hospital emergency department. A patient presenting with the symptoms of a stroke should be carefully evaluated and tested for the condition before being discharged home from the hospital. Stroke malpractice lawsuits are the third most frequent type of malpractice claim alleged against emergency departments.
To determine whether you or someone you care about can file a stroke malpractice lawsuit, should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time deadlines for filing a case and if you miss that deadline your case will be barred forever. Fill out our contact form (link to contact us page) or call our medical malpractice lawyers at (800) 606-1717 to get started on your case.