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Doctor Misdiagnosis of a Stroke as Migraine Headache

Michigan stroke misdiagnosed as migraine lawsuitsMany patients who are admitted to hospital emergency rooms and urgent care clinics have a history of migraine headaches.  It is essential that the doctors who see these patients consider the diagnosis of a stroke when evaluating these patients, rather than just assume it is simply another migraine headache.  The failure to make a prompt diagnosis of a stroke and start treatment can have devastating consequences.

Many times, patients with histories of migraines are seen and discharged from emergency departments with medications for a headache without a proper work up for a stroke.  The time to effectively treat a stroke is very limited and any delay in providing treatment can lead to permanent damage and harm.  Effective treatment can include administering TPA or some other drug to reduce or eliminate the blood clot before permanent brain damage is done.

Many of the symptoms of migraine headaches are similar to the symptoms of an impending stroke so it is easy for doctor to misdiagnose one condition for the other.  However, the standard of care for physicians requires a proper medical evaluation to make the proper diagnosis.

Signs & Symptoms of Stroke

Some of the 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

When a patient has some or all of these symptoms it is urgent that a CT Scan or MRI be performed to determine if the patient did have a stroke, the location of the stroke, and type of stroke.  Not only must the CT scan be performed, but it must be properly interpreted by the radiologist.  An improper read of a patient with stroke can also delay treatment and result in devastating consequences.

Our stroke medical malpractice attorneys in Michigan file lawsuits against urgent care clinics, hospitals and doctors who misdiagnose a stroke as a migraine headache.  Settlements include compensation for pain and suffering, disability, loss of income, medical expenses, specialized housing, and other needs.  In cases involving a stroke death, we file a wrongful death lawsuit for the surviving family members.

Contact Our Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or someone you know suffered a stroke that was misdiagnosed as a migraine headache, you should contact our experienced medical negligence attorneys at (800) 606-1717 immediately to discuss your case.  You can also Chat with the online intake specialist or submit the Free Case Review Form on this page.  We charge no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement. 

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