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Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Many strokes occur despite good medical care. But the misdiagnosis of a stroke as a less serious condition can cost critical time when proper treatment would save a patient from suffering preventable harm or death. Stroke is among the most commonly missed diagnoses, and women are more likely to be misdiagnosed, studies indicate.
When stroke patients are misdiagnosed and suffer preventable injuries, the doctor may be held liable for medical malpractice if he or she failed to follow the recognized standard of care in delivering treatment. The lawyers for stroke victims at The Colleran Firm are committed to helping clients in the Philadelphia area with stroke misdiagnosis claims. We know how devastating a misdiagnosis can be for an individual and his or her family. Doctors have a legal duty to provide a certain level of care, and when they neglect to do that, injured patients deserve to be compensated.
Our law firm has handled numerous malpractice cases involving strokes and has more than a century of combined legal experience. Our attorneys have helped stroke victims and their families in Pennsylvania and New Jersey recover full compensation for injuries sustained as a result of medical negligence. Our attorneys have consistently been recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® and have obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of victims of medical malpractice. Review a sampling of the verdicts and settlements we have secured. If you choose The Colleran Firm and we represent you, we will handle your stroke misdiagnosis lawsuit on a contingent fee basis. We will pay the up-front costs of pursuing a malpractice lawsuit and receive a share of any settlement or jury verdict only if we obtain compensation for you. If you do not receive compensation, you do not owe us a legal fee.
No legal action can undo the damage caused by a doctor’s failure to diagnose and treat a stroke in a timely fashion. But compensation may help you and your family copes with life’s challenges and provides some financial security after a debilitating stroke.
A stroke misdiagnosis victim or the family of a patient who has been significantly injured or died as a result of a health care provider’s negligence may be eligible to pursue compensation for:
Each stroke diagnosis case has factors that make it unique. Other malpractice cases are not predictive of the outcome of your case. But The Colleran Firm does have a proven record of securing notable settlements and jury verdicts for many clients.
Proper diagnosis of a stroke is extremely important for patients to receive the proper medicine and treatment. Given that medications for certain types of strokes typically need to be provided within a specific time frame for a patient to recover, a delayed stroke diagnosis can be life-threatening.
There are different kinds of stroke including hemorrhagic stroke, ischemic stroke, embolic stroke and thrombotic stroke. Stroke victims may exhibit some common symptoms, which may alert a doctor that a stroke is in progress.
The signs that someone is having a stroke include, but are not limited to:
Men have a higher risk of stroke than women. Therefore, a doctor may be more likely to misdiagnose a woman’s symptoms as something other than a stroke. Women are usually older when they have strokes.
Diagnostic errors appear to be the most dangerous and costly of medical errors, according to a study of 25 years of U.S. malpractice claims data published in the British Medical Journal.
The failure to diagnose and treat a stroke can cause a lasting disability including permanent brain damage. If your doctor had an opportunity to treat your stroke, but failed to order the proper tests or follow the recognized standard of care, you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice.
The goal of stroke treatment is to minimize damage to the brain and any neurologic losses. Early treatment improves the chances of a patient recovering from a stroke and lowers the risk of the patient suffering a second stroke.
About 85 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes caused by blocked or narrowed arteries supplying blood to the brain. If a patient is a candidate for fibrinolytic therapy, which aims to break up clots disrupting blood flow, the therapy must be administered within a relatively short time (the exact time remains the subject of ongoing research) from the onset of symptoms, according to the American Heart Association.
Hospital emergency rooms are fast-paced, high-stress settings where the lives of patients depend on accurate assessments and quick action by health care providers. When a trauma center is overwhelmed, doctors and staff may overlook symptoms and misdiagnose a stroke or heart attack as a less serious condition. A stroke patient should be admitted to an intensive care or stroke unit quickly, the American Heart Association says. Because of a misdiagnosis, a stroke patient may wait hours to receive proper treatment as their condition deteriorates.
A 2014 stroke misdiagnosis study published in the medical journal Diagnosis said that stroke is among the most common, dangerous missed diagnoses. Emergency doctors are particularly susceptible to overlooking signs of a stroke in women, minorities and younger patients, according to the study.
Please call or contact us online for a free, no obligation consultation with a compassionate attorney about a doctor’s failure to diagnose a stroke.