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A Stroke Can Result From Failure To Diagnose And Treat Symptoms

A stroke is caused by lack of oxygen to the brain. More than eight in 10 strokes are the result of a blood clot or other obstruction in an artery. Approximately 15 percent of strokes result from a blood vessel breaking and leaking blood into the brain.

Strokes can be lethal or seriously debilitating. It is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. Strokes are the leading cause of disability in adults. More than 750,000 U.S. residents suffer a stroke annually. Many of them could have been prevented.

Our Michigan medical malpractice attorneys have handled many cases involving strokes, so we know what needs to be investigated. Get in touch with our firm to discuss your case further.

Time Lost Is Brain Lost

Timely diagnosis of stroke symptoms is essential to proper treatment and full recovery. Delays in diagnosis can result in permanent disability or death. For this reason, it is often said that "time lost is brain lost."

Strokes can be effectively treated with a drug called tPA, which dissolves blood clots. However, if tPA is not administered promptly — ideally, within three hours from the onset of symptoms — permanent brain damage or death may occur.

The Warning Signs Of A Stroke

The signs of stroke occur suddenly. Because prompt treatment is critical to successfully treating strokes, it is important to be aware of the warning signs of stroke. These include:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Our lawyers have successfully represented people who went to the emergency room with symptoms of stroke but were turned away and sent home, where they later suffered a stroke that left them permanently disabled. For example, mental confusion and trouble speaking or understanding are among the warning signs of stroke. Yet emergency room doctors often mistake these symptoms for dementia in older people. It is a mistake that patients may pay for with their lives.

Minor And Major Strokes

We also represent clients who have experienced smaller strokes, called transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), who were not properly diagnosed, treated or monitored and later experienced a full stroke. In addition, we represent survivors of those who died because of a stroke misdiagnosis.

If a loved one has suffered a stroke that was misdiagnosed or where the diagnosis was delayed, contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation. Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, can be reached by phone at 734-545-8421 or through our convenient online contact form.