Failure to Diagnose Stroke – medical malpractice

A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when blood flow from a blood vessel to the brain is decreased.  There are two general categories of strokes – ischemic and hemorrhagic.  An ischemic stroke is caused by a clot that blocks the flow of blood to the brain while a hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures, stopping the flow of blood to the brain.  Ischemic strokes happen with much more greater frequency than hemorrhagic strokes.  Both types of strokes are serious and can cause death or significant disability when the brain is deprived of oxygen.

Effects of a Stroke

Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.  For those who survive a stroke, there can be significant lifelong complications including: paralysis, difficulties with movement and coordination, and poor vision.  People who have survived a stroke often can frequently feel fatigued and tired.  In addition to physical symptoms, stroke victims also may have difficulty comprehending information and communicating with others.  It is also not uncommon for stroke victims to have difficulty speaking after a significant stroke.  While there is usually some degree of recovery several months after the initial stroke, many of these problems can be lifelong.

Symptoms of stroke

If you are suffering from a stroke, time is of the essence.  The sooner you receive treatment, the greater the chance of recovery and less likelihood that the stroke’s effects will be long term.  Strokes often have the following symptoms:

  • Numbness in the arms and legs – Persons suffering a stroke may notice that there arms, legs or other parts of their body feel weak or numb.  These sensations can often impact the person’s ability to keep their balance and cause difficulty walking.
  • Difficulty Speaking – Stoke victims may have difficulty speaking and communicating, often their speech can become slurred.
  • Face Drooping – One side of the stroke victim’s face may have drooped or appear immobile. Often times a person suffering from a stroke’s smile will appear uneven.

Misdiagnosis of stroke

Patients whose stroke is diagnosed within 3 hours generally have the best survival chances as well as the best recovery outcomes.  Unfortunately, though, doctors can misdiagnose a stroke, causing serious complications.  Doctors and medical professionals will misdiagnose a stroke for a number of reasons, including: not performing a thorough physical examination; not ordering the proper tests and, not considering stroke as a possibility because the patient is either young or appears healthy.  Other times, medical providers may misdiagnose as stroke due to laboratory errors or because they improperly read a test.

Consequences of Failing to Diagnose and Treat a Stroke

A misdiagnosed stroke can have long lasting consequences.  In addition to the medical bills, there are often considerable and sometimes lifelong rehabilitation and therapies needed.  A Minnesota stroke victim whose doctor failed to diagnose the stroke can often face significant income loss if they are no longer able to work as a result of the stroke as well as the emotional harm that comes with having to live the rest of one’s life with decreased speaking abilities and control of one’s other body functions.

Oregon Medical Malpractice Stroke Lawyers

We represent people whose doctors have failed to diagnose stroke.  If we accept your case, we will help you to get to the bottom of what happened and gather all of the necessary evidence, obtain expert witnesses, and prepare your case for trial so that you can achieve the best possible solution.  We generally take medical malpractice stroke claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless there is a recovery.

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To schedule a free and confidential consultation with an Oregon undiagnosed stroke lawyer, call us today at (541) 385-1999.  If we accept your case, the sooner you call, the sooner we can help you to find the answers to your questions that you are looking for.

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