A patient who presents to a hospital emergency department with signs and symptoms of a stroke must be quickly diagnosed with the condition. Depending when the onset of stroke symptoms occurred, there is very limited time to initiate treatment to prevent permanent damage or harm. This can include administering TPA or some other drug to reduce or eliminate the blood clot before permanent brain damage is done.
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 and a stroke is suspected, 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 delay treatment and result in devastating consequences.
Our stroke medical malpractice attorneys in Michigan file cases against hospitals and radiologists for misreading a CT Scan or MRI in a stroke patient. 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 and radiologists. The damage suffered by even a few hour delay is often life changing for the patient and family.
If you or someone you know suffered a stroke that was misdiagnosed or had an improperly read CT Scan or MR, you 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 or call our medical malpractice lawyers at (800) 606-1717 to get started on your case.