Is Delayed Diagnosis of Stroke Medical Malpractice?
The Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly one out of every 20 deaths in the United States is caused by stroke. During a stroke, the brain is deprived of oxygen-rich blood it needs to function properly. If you or your loved one’s stroke was not diagnosed quickly enough, or there was a misdiagnosis, this could be the result of medical malpractice.
Stroke can cause permanent brain damage, long-term physical disability, and even death. For these reasons, when a patient presents to the emergency room with stroke symptoms, a speedy diagnosis is imperative.
According to a recent report (link to CNA report), patients with stroke symptoms have three hours to get the condition managed. When a patient gets to the hospital, ER doctors must work quickly to diagnose the type of stroke and prepare a treatment protocol.
In the ER
While in the ER, you can expect the following:
- ER staff will place you on a heart monitor, blood pressure monitor, and draw blood.
- You will be taken for scans of your head.
- The ER doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical examination.
- Medication may be administered if you have a certain type of of blockage.
Once you are discharged from the emergency room,
- Take any and all precautions told to you by the treating physician and/or discharge nurse.
- Make any follow-up appointments and keep them.
- Go back to the emergency room or call 911 if you experience the symptoms again or if something doesn’t feel right.
Stroke is a very serious and complicated medical condition. If you were treated by the emergency room, and you believe permanent injury occurred including physical impairment, or brain damage due to a physician, nurse or hospital negligence, this may be the result of medical malpractice. Call our office immediately as there is a strict statute of limitations on filing these types of cases.