Failure To Diagnose Stroke
Baltimore Stroke Misdiagnosis Attorneys
Representing Stroke Misdiagnosis Victims in Baltimore County & Prince George’s County
Strokes remain one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. They occur when blockage or rupture prevents blood from reaching the brain. Many people experience “transient ischemic attacks” (TIA), also known as a “minor stroke,” before they experience a more dangerous, life-threatening stroke. Medical treatments are available to limit the risk and severity of strokes, and an imminent stroke can potentially be avoided if the warning signs are caught early. Sadly, some medical professionals will fail to diagnose strokes until it is too late.
If you or a loved one suffered serious consequences due to a stroke misdiagnosis, Miller Stern Lawyers can offer compassionate support and seasoned legal guidance. We can help you pursue a medical malpractice claim and recover compensation for many types of losses, including medical expenses and lost wages. We have helped thousands of happy clients, and our legal professionals have contributed to settlements and verdicts collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Our Baltimore stroke misdiagnosis attorneys take a personal approach to representation and will work closely with you throughout our handling of your case.
How Do I Know If I Am Having a Stroke?
In some instances, a stroke will be unmistakable: You may become partially paralyzed or lose control of certain muscle areas. In many cases, however, strokes may be subtler and only feature a handful of seemingly less serious symptoms. This can be a problem, as you need to seek medical attention right away if you believe you may be experiencing a stroke.
Symptoms that may indicate stroke include:
- Dizziness or fainting
- Slurred speech or difficulty speaking
- Difficulty walking
- Numbness or weakness in your limb or face
- Paralysis or numbness on one side of your body
- Loss or impairment of vision
- Severe headache
It is generally best to err on the side of caution if you are not entirely sure if you are suffering a stroke. Get to the nearest professional medical facility, but do not drive yourself. Any symptoms you are experiencing may suddenly worsen.
Why Are Strokes Misdiagnosed?
The consequences of strokes can often be lessened or largely avoided altogether if you receive timely treatment. When you see your doctor about a possible stroke, they should thoroughly review your and your family’s medical histories. They should also follow the medical community’s rigorous protocols and perform a meticulous physical exam, including all pertinent tests and scans. Preventative treatments, such as blood thinners, may be administered.
Strokes are sometimes misdiagnosed because a doctor:
- Fails to obtain or evaluate a patient’s medical history
- Fails to conduct a physical examination or relevant tests
- Fails to accurately read and respond to test results
- Delays crucial treatments
- Dismisses the possibility of stroke without following professional protocols or consulting specialists
The reality is some strokes and stroke-related consequences are preventable, and a failure to diagnose can result in permanent disability or death. Our Baltimore misdiagnosis attorneys can assess your situation and advise whether you have a case.
If you begin to experience new stroke symptoms or your existing symptoms worsen, do not wait to seek emergency medical treatment. When you are experiencing a stroke, every minute counts. The sooner you see a doctor, the more they will be able to do for you. Get a second medical opinion if your doctor refuses to consider the possibility of stroke after you bring up your concerns. Once you discover you have been misdiagnosed, get in touch with a legal professional.
Maryland enforces time limits for medical malpractice lawsuits. You only have five years from the date of the initial failure to diagnose or three years from the date you discovered the misdiagnosis, whichever comes first. If a failure to diagnose a stroke results in death, you will have three years from the date of your loved one’s passing to pursue a wrongful death claim. You will be unable to recover any damages if you do not take legal action by the relevant deadline.
A successful stroke misdiagnosis lawsuit can help you recover compensation for many types of losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reductions in earning capacity
- Physical pain and mental suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our Baltimore stroke misdiagnosis lawyers understand you are going through an unimaginably difficult time, and we are committed to aiding in maximizing your recovery. We have what it takes to win these complex cases and will do everything we can to secure the best possible outcome.
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