St. Louis Misdiagnosis Attorneys
Approximately 700,000 Americans suffer from a stroke each year. Misdiagnosing a stroke is often fatal.
It is estimated that as many as 700,000 Americans suffer from a stroke each year. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability. If a patient goes to an emergency room or to a doctor experiencing symptoms of a stroke and yet is not tested to determine whether or not they are suffering from one, the patient may have a medical malpractice claim. Contact our St. Louis Misdiagnosis Attorneys today at (314) 588-7200
Failure to diagnose, or misdiagnosing, a stroke is a type of medical malpractice because it involves a doctor or other medical professional that does not notice or treat the signs of a stroke, thus causing adverse effects to the patient. Misdiagnosing a stroke is often fatal.
If you think that you or a love one is experiencing a stroke, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, occurs when blood stops flowing to a part of the brain. When blood flow is interrupted and the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, brain cells can die and cause permanent brain damage.
There are very specific signs and symptoms of a stroke. They include:
- Sudden numbness of the face, arm or leg (generally on one side of the body)
- Sudden weakness or loss of movement of the face, arm or leg
- Sudden vision changes, in one or both eyes
- Sudden difficulty speaking
- Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
- Sudden difficulty walking
Causes of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Accidents
The symptoms may vary depending on the kind of stroke a person has. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by bleeding in the brain. The symptoms may also vary because of where in the brain the stroke occurs, or due to the severity of the stroke itself.
Symptoms of a stroke may come on suddenly and be severe. However, some symptoms occur gradually, over several hours. For instance, a person may experience mild weakness at first. Then, over time it may lead to loss of movement or feeling.
Some people experience a mini-stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). The symptoms can be similar to a stroke but may not last as long. A TIA occurs because blood flow to the brain is reduced or blocked temporarily. Once the blood begins to flow again the symptoms go away. However, with a stroke the blood flow remains blocked and the damage is permanent.
While stroke symptoms are usually clear, there can be other medical conditions that present similar symptoms. Some of these other conditions can be migraines, seizures, brain tumors, inner-ear problems, anxiety, multiple sclerosis and certain vision problems. Even the flu can cause weakness and dizziness that can have similar symptoms. A CT scan or MRI are two ways to detect brain injury from a stroke.
A physician should assess at patient’s risk factor. Some of the stroke risk factors include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight or obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, heart disease, age and prior stroke or heart attack.
When a stroke is misdiagnosed, or is diagnosed as another medical condition, the results may lead to long-term disability or even death. For example, if a person goes to the emergency room because they have symptoms of a stroke but are not given the right tests, they may be told they have another less serious condition and are then sent home. However, if the patient is actually experiencing a stroke, the results may be catastrophic.
Experienced Medical Misdiagnosis Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a stroke misdiagnosis or other type of delayed or incorrect medical diagnosis, contact the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm today!
The time allowed by law in which you may file a medical malpractice lawsuit arising from a stroke misdiagnosis is limited. If you wait to contact a lawyer, you may end up being barred by the statute of limitations from proceeding.
GET IMMEDIATE HELP! If you believe that you have a medical negligence claim stemming from a medical misdiagnosis, contact the St. Louis misdiagnosis lawyers at the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm today to schedule a free and private consultation by calling (314) 588-7200 or by filling out our online contact form.
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