Stroke Misdiagnosis and Delay in Treatment
Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Without the oxygen-rich blood, cells in the brain begin to die, which can have dramatic and lasting consequences. A stroke can be treated effectively if it is diagnosed quickly, however. Unfortunately, the signs of a stroke can be overlooked and misinterpreted by medical professionals to the extreme detriment of the patient. When this happens, it may be a case of doctor malpractice. At the law firm of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we are skilled and experienced in handling cases involving stroke misdiagnosis and delayed treatment.Stroke Misdiagnosis and Treatment Delay in California
A stroke can come on gradually, but it typically includes one or more sudden onset warning signs. These signs include:
- Numbness or weakness in an arm or leg (typically on one side of the body),
- Asymmetrical face (trouble smiling),
- Slurred speech or difficulty speaking,
- Lack of coordination and balance,
- Sight problems,
- Severe headache, and
An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke. It is caused when a clot or other blockage impedes the blood flow to the brain. When a patient arrives in the Emergency Room with the symptoms of an ischemic stroke, it must be diagnosed within 3 hours in order to use the “clot busting” drug tPA, which provides the best chance for recovery after a stroke.
When doctors in the ER or other medical settings fail to diagnose a stroke within the window to use tPA, it can lead to permanent disability and even death. Depending on the location of the stroke in the brain, stroke survivors who do not receive tPA in time can suffer from a number of neurological complications including:
- Vision problems,
- Memory loss,
- Speech and language problems,
- Change in behavioral style, and
- “Locked-in” state – unable to speak or move below the neck.
Those who have suffered severe complications of a stroke may require lifetime medical treatment. Our attorneys are experienced in helping family members obtain the compensation they deserve to ensure their loved one receives the best possible care for as long as necessary.
If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke that was misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late, contact us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We are dedicated to getting maximum compensation for our clients facing serious injury from doctor malpractice. Our firm is located in San Jose, CA and we work with clients throughout Santa Clara and Monterey Counties.