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Stroke due to Errors Committed by Medical Providers

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

During consultation visits with a doctor, the questions a walk-in patient asks usually center only on what their illness is and how frequently they should take the prescribed medicine; others go further and ask for an alternative diet, one that would keep them healthy and in good shape.

Patients naturally trust doctors, knowing that (doctors) are the experts when it comes to health. One reality, however, is the fact that even the best doctors can commit mistakes. Federal records actually show that more than a quarter of a million people die every year due to medical mistakes, making this the third major cause of death in the U.S.

Wrong diagnosis is among the many different results of medical mistake. Error in diagnosing a patient’s real condition is due to failure to correctly detect the warning signs of a real and more severe health condition, like one that can lead to a stroke.

Stroke, also known as Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), is due to a pause in the flow of blood to any area of the brain. This could be due to a blood clot in the blood vessels or a clot in the Cholesterol plaque. But before having a major or large stroke, a patient usually suffers a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) first. TIA is what medical professionals identify as a mini stroke – some sort of a warning to a major CVA; it usually lasts for only about 20 minutes, as the flow of blood usually resumes afterwards.

A stroke can be prevented, but only if its symptoms are detected early and the patient given proper treatment and the correct medication. Failure to do these, however, can result to paralysis or patient death. In fact, according to the American Stroke Association, more than 500,000 individuals suffer a stroke every year. From the total, about 200,000 end up disabled, while the many more others end up dead.

Determining the symptoms of stroke, though, can be difficult due to the symptoms’ resemblance with other serious health conditions, like severe migraine attack or diabetic hypoglycemia. The presence of other warning signs, though, like unexplained severe headaches, dizziness, loss of coordination or balance, difficulty in understanding or speaking, difficulty in walking and in seeing either from one or both eyes, and weakness or numbness on only one side of the body, may be interpreted as signs of stroke; but to be more certain, requiring the patient to undergo more tests may be called for. These symptoms, especially TIA, should never be taken lightly. On the contrary, patients displaying these symptoms should be given emergency care.

According to McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm, after trusting your care to your doctor, you have every right to expect that your doctor would take reasonable measures to act in your best interest. If your doctor fails to provide you with the care you need, this trust would have been broken. More than this, your doctor’s malpractice would most likely impact your health and well-being rather significantly.

“Medical malpractice is defined as the failure to apply the degree of skill and learning ordinarily possessed and used by members of the same profession. This may include errors on behalf of the following types of medical providers:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Medical Technicians
  • Health Care Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Nursing Homes

It is not the duty of the medical provider to cure or guarantee a positive outcome for the treatment, but rather to provide a standard of care that is accepted by the medical community. As such, a central aspect of establishing a medical malpractice claim will involve whether or not the provider caused damage by violating or breaching the standard of care.

The Boston personal injury attorneys air the same tone, saying, “stroke lawyers know that stroke is a common and potentially life-threatening occurrence for patients of all ages. Sometimes a stroke occurs without warning, but often there are warning signs or symptoms, such as headache, neck pain, weakness, or vision changes ahead of time. Some patients even have transient ischemic attacks, which may be recognized in time to prevent permanent injury or death. When stroke occurs, prompt medical treatment, such as tPA or other medications, or surgical interventions, may be able to minimize or prevent damage. Unfortunately, in some instances, medical providers fail to identify and treat strokes when they should. This failure can serve as reason to hold the responsible provider liable for your injuries.”

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