Unfortunately, serious strokes are becoming increasingly common among people below 40. Strokes are traditionally associated with those of older age, which can result in doctors ruling out a young person’s symptoms as a stroke. Strokes are a very serious event that can cause long-lasting brain damage, speech difficulty and extensive physical therapy. Here’s what to do if you suspect a person under 40 had a stroke and was misdiagnosed because of their age.
Risk Factors/Symptoms of a Stroke
Risk factors for a stroke include: smoking, heavy drinking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Unlike the frequency of occurrence, symptoms of a stroke do not necessarily differ based on age. Here are a few symptoms of a stroke:
- sudden numbness or vision problems, often on one side
- severe headache with no known cause
- trouble walking, dizziness, or vertigo
- slurred speech and/or altered mental state
- nausea and vomiting
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is critical that your doctor rules out a stroke. If they don’t, and you are belatedly diagnosed after suffering injury, you may want to consult a medical malpractice lawyer.
Was There Medical Malpractice?
Although it is unusual for someone under 40 to have a stroke, it does happen. A doctor that does not investigate this possibility may have committed malpractice. A health care provider should obtain full medical history, including all current medications and check for risk factors for stroke as discussed above. Failing to do so prevents the patient from being treated properly for their illness and may have subject them to unnecessary medications or procedures. In worst-case scenarios, strokes can leave the young person permanently mentally or physically impaired for the rest of their lives. If you suspect that your case is along these lines, the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek can help you investigate what happened. We have years of experience in medical malpractice cases and want to help your family receive justice against the wrongdoing perpetrated by medical staff.
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Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Cardaro & Peek, LLC today.
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