Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Stroke MisdiagnosisFebruary 21, 2017
If you or someone you know has suffered from a stroke, you know that it is a very serious medical emergency that requires immediate treatment in order to prevent permanent disability, memory problems, or other serious health complications. If a stroke victim is diagnosed and treated soon after showing symptoms, it is likely that he or she can be rehabilitated, often making a full recovery. Unfortunately, strokes are often misdiagnosed, especially in the young and the elderly.
A stroke occurs when the blood stops flowing to a certain area of the brain. When this happens, the brain does not receive enough blood and oxygen and the cells in the brain begin to die, which can cause permanent damage. There are two types of strokes, including:
- Ischemic stroke – occurs when a blood vessel that provides blood to the brain is blocked by a clot. This is often caused by plaque build-up in the arteries.
- Hemorrhagic stroke – occurs when a blood vessel bursts and blood leaks into the brain
The following are common risk factors for strokes:
- High blood pressure
- Arterial fibrillation
- Age, older than 55
- Race – African Americans are more likely to suffer from a stroke
- Heart disease
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Poor diet
- Birth control pills
If you have reason to believe that someone you know is suffering from a stroke, and the medical professional in charge is either failing to recognize the symptoms, take the below steps.
Seek appropriate medical care as soon as possible
Insist that your loved one receives immediate medical care that addresses symptoms of a stroke. Notify the physician that you believe he or she could be suffering from a stroke and provide specific details about symptoms, as well as any risk factors like high blood pressure or a family history of strokes. If you feel that the doctor is not taking your concerns seriously, ask to see another doctor or a hospital administrator. Your loved one may not be able to speak for him or herself, so it is up to you to respectfully demand thorough medical attention.
Speak to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Baltimore
If a doctor failed to provide a timely diagnosis for your loved one’s stroke, you could face steep medical bills, including the high costs associated with long-term care facilities, if a severe disability makes that a necessity. If you file a medical malpractice lawsuit, your legal team will thoroughly review your loved one’s medical records to uncover details about whether the medical team ignored any of the stroke risk factors, or missed crucial clues in the emergency room.
Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Stroke Misdiagnosis
Witnessing a loved one having a stroke is a terrifying experience, and it is imperative that the victim receives medical treatment as soon as possible. If you feel that your loved one’s stroke was not properly diagnosed, you are urged to contact the Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. Our experienced team will thoroughly examine all medical reports so that we can determine who is responsible for misdiagnosing your loved one’s condition. We are on your side, and will fight hard to protect your rights and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent victims of medical malpractice throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.