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Failure to Diagnose Strokes

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When a healthcare provider fails to diagnosis a stroke, the consequences can be fatal. If you or a loved one experiences a failed diagnosis, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for your suffering. To speak with an experienced medical negligence lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky, contact the law firm of Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC.

Symptoms - Failure to Diagnose a Stroke

As with heart attacks symptoms of a stroke should be taken very seriously by medical professionals. Immediate medical treatment of a stroke can mean the difference between life and death or very serious complications. Strokes kill more than 150,000 individuals in the U.S. each year.

The potential symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness in a body part such as the face, arm or leg
  • Sudden inability to speak or understand speech
  • Confusion
  • Trouble walking, moving
  • Loss of balance
  • Severe and sudden headache

Common types of strokes include hemorrhagic (blood loss) and ischemic (blood flow blockage) strokes. Symptoms may be similar, but treatment is often quite different.

Complications of Stroke Misdiagnosis

When a stroke is misdiagnosed, the consequences can be severe. A stroke often leads to brain injury, and if proper treatment is not administered immediately, a patient becomes at risk of the following complications:

  • More severe stroke
  • Severe brain injury
  • Paralysis
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Problems with reading and writing
  • Changes in behavior
  • Severe depression
  • Mood swings
  • Death

When a patient is showing signs or symptoms of a stroke, a healthcare provider should review the patient’s full medical history, conduct a thorough physical exam, perform an ultrasound of the arteries and administer immediate treatment.

Did You Suffer a Stroke Misdiagnosis?

If you or someone you love has fallen victim to a stroke misdiagnosis, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for the medical costs as well as pain and suffering you’ve endured.

To find out more information, contact the Louisville, Kentucky law firm of Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC. Our Louisville medical malpractice attorneys offer thorough case evaluations for victims of medical negligence all across Kentucky.