Brain Damage Resulting From Stroke Misdiagnosis

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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in this country and a major cause of disability following the stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel ruptures, interrupting the blood flow to the brain, causing brain cells to die and brain damage to occur.
Activities controlled by that area of the brain are lost when blood cells die. Some of the activities that are controlled by the brain are speech, memory and motor skills. How a stroke affects you depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much damage has occurred.

The failure to accurately diagnose a stroke is a form of medical malpractice that can have dire consequences. If treatment occurs immediately following the stroke, the permanent damage may be minimized. In some cases, damage can even be reversed if doctors can get to the stroke victim immediately.

Undiagnosed or misdiagnosed stroke means a delay in treatment or no treatment, and the resulting brain cell death can mean permanent brain injury or death. Doctors can minimize the chances of their patients suffering strokes by:

• Reviewing the patient’s medical history very carefully
• Performing a thorough physical examination
• Ordering radiologic studies such as an angiogram (a study of the arteries) and ultrasounds of the carotid arteries

Missing a Stroke Can be a Fatal Medical Mistake

These diagnostic tools can provide the doctor with information about the potential for an impending stroke and actually help to prevent them from ever happening. You may have heard the acronym TIA when hearing about strokes. TIA stands for transient ischemic attack, in which someone has stroke-like symptoms but they are only temporary. TIAs are warning signs for a full-blown stroke because they often occur before an actual stroke does. TIAs can last around 10-20 minutes; prompt treatment is crucial in helping to make sure a full-blown stroke does not follow the TIA.

If your stroke was misdiagnosed or undiagnosed altogether, the following may result:

• Brain damage
• Another, more severe stroke
• Seizures
• Difficulty speaking, reading and writing
• Behavioral changes
• Depression
• Loss of motor skills
• Memory loss
• Death

If you or a loved one was the victim of a stroke misdiagnosis that resulted in brain damage or death, you may be entitled to financial compensation for long-term care expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, medical bills and funeral and burial expenses.

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If you live in New Jersey or the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, please visit the website of medical malpractice attorneys Weiss & Paarz P.C. today to see what your legal rights are following the misdiagnosis of stroke.



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