Our medical malpractice attorneys in Michigan file cases against hospitals for the failure to properly diagnose the condition of a stroke in the hospital emergency department. Medical malpractice claims alleging the failure to diagnose and treat patients presenting with signs and symptoms of a stroke are the third most frequent type of malpractice claim alleged against emergency departments. 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.
The emergency department may fail to identify a stroke because its major symptoms are also shared by other serious medical conditions. Common symptoms consistent with a stroke include a severe headache, one-sided weakness or paralysis, facial drooping, memory impairment, unintelligible speech, impaired vision, and problems with reading and writing. A proper evaluation of a patient suspected of having a stroke often includes radiology testing, like an MRI or CT scan.
It is medically necessary to treat the stroke within three hours of the onset to prevent serious injury or harm, including death, the patient. Therefore, it is essential that the medical staff take all appropriate measures based upon the patient history and presentation of the patient to determine whether the patient is having a stroke. In cases where a patient dies due to the failure to diagnose a stroke, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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