Stroke Misdiagnosis

Stroke Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose

There are two main types of strokes. The first is an ischemic stroke which occurs when the flow of blood to the brain is interrupted, usually by a blood clot. The second is a hemorrhagic stroke which occurs when blood floods the brain as the result of a ruptured vessel. Strokes can range from mild to deadly with the symptoms varying greatly from patient to patient. However, when someone is a patient of a health care facility and presents with signs of stroke, they should be diagnosed and treated immediately.  If you or someone you know was diagnosed with an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke and suspect a delay or overlooking in the treatment, there is limited time in which to file a claim. Contact one of our Philadelphia stroke attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your case.

What are the Symptoms of a Stroke?

According to Web MD, the general symptoms of a stroke include but are not limited to:

  1. Sudden numbness, weakness, tingling, or loss of movement in the arm, face, or leg – usually presenting on only one side of the body
  2. Sudden changes in vision
  3. Sudden trouble speaking
  4. Sudden trouble understanding simple statements or general confusion
  5. Sudden problems with balance or walking
  6. A severe and sudden headache that is different from other headaches

In any of these cases, emergency services should be sought right away even if the patient insists they are fine.

How is Stroke Diagnosed?

A stroke is often diagnosed through the use of a CT scan on the brain, or high-resolution imaging. At times an MRI is used to diagnose a stroke. Strokes can also be confirmed with a series of X-rays that demonstrate whether or not there has been bleeding in the brain. This test also helps determine whether the stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic, which is important for determining the best treatment. Doctors may also look for causes of the stroke by ordering a blood test, testing the blood sugar levels, liver and kidney tests, electrolyte test, and blood clot test.

How is Stroke Misdiagnosed?

In some cases, diagnosing stroke can be delayed or overlooked altogether as the symptoms of stroke may be mild or vague and are carelessly attributed to benign conditions like a migraine headache, the aging process, food poisoning, or even a spell that will pass on its own. It is vital for strokes to be treated as soon as possible to minimize the devastating effects they can have, which can include paralysis, brain damage, physical or mental disability, and even death.

Philadelphia Stroke Attorneys

If you or someone you know was diagnosed with stroke and suspect a delay or overlooking in the treatment, there is limited time in which to file a claim. Contact one of our Philadelphia stroke attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your case.

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