According to the National Stroke Association, an ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain. Currently, ischemic strokes account for about 87% of all strokes. An ischemic stroke manifests itself in several sudden symptoms and trained medical personnel must recognize the warning signs. Failure to correctly diagnose or treat an ischemic stroke could cost the patient their life, and in some cases could be considered medical malpractice.
Stroke symptoms occur instantly, but the actual stroke may not occur for 24 hours or more. A prompt medical response can not only save a life, but it can prevent brain damage, paralysis, and other effects of an ischemic stroke. Symptoms of ischemic stroke include but are not limited to numbness on one side of the body, severe headache, sudden loss of strength, confusion, loss of vision, and fainting. If the doctor fails to act promptly, the patient could suffer a stroke and subsequently experience a permanent disability or reduced quality of life.
Medically Preventable Errors
Stroke damage or deaths are not always the result of medical malpractice, but many medical providers do make medically preventable errors. Medically preventable errors that can result in an ischemic stroke include laboratory errors, improper reading of tests, failure to consult neurological specialists promptly, delayed diagnosis, failure to perform a thorough physical examination, failure to consider the possibility that a seemingly healthy patient may suffer a stroke.
When to Seek Legal Counsel
An injury or death from a stroke can create devastating physical and financial hardships for loved ones and their families. If you believe that the death of your loved one or the injuries caused by ischemic stroke could have been prevented, it’s important to seek legal counsel.
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If you or a loved one suffered from medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Layers at Cardaro & Peek today.
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