FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE A STROKE
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. It can be caused by a blood clot or a rupture of an artery in the brain. If the signs of a stroke are promptly identified, strokes can often be effectively treated before injury occurs. However, when doctors fail to identity or properly treat a stroke, victims can be left to deal with dire consequences for the rest of their lives.
Failure to diagnose a condition is a form of medical malpractice in which a doctor does not take proper steps in order to determine the nature of a patient’s medical status.
Medical Malpractice is often defined as any act or omission by a physician or health care provider during the treatment of a patient that deviates from the standard of care of practice in the medical community and causes injury to the patient.
Proving negligence in a failure to diagnose a stroke case requires four basic elements. The Plaintiff must prove that:
- There existed a physician-patient relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant. The Defendant owed a duty of care in the given situation.
- The Defendant failed to meet or execute that duty.
- The plaintiff suffered damages, and
- The damages were the result of the defendant’s breached duty.
SYMPTOMS OF A STROKE.
It is the duty of a doctor to fully evaluate anyone showing symptoms of a stroke. Stroke symptoms often include:
- Extreme Headache.
- Loss of balance or coordination.
- Inability to speak or communicate.
- Weakness or numbness on one particular side of the body.
- Loss of vision.
REASONS CONTRIBUTING TO FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE A STROKE.
Medical intervention is often available to prevent a stroke. This can be done by administering proper clot-busting medicine and other timely treatment. A doctor may have failed to timely diagnose a stroke if he failed to:
- Study and analyze the patient’s medical records and history.
- Perform a thorough physical examination of the patient.
- Recognize warning signs of a stroke and give prompt treatment.
- Properly read and study lab test results.
- Follow proper testing and evaluation protocols.
- Refer patient to a neurological specialist or a specialized hospital in time.
- Administer the proper medication or other treatment in a timely manner.
THE LAW OFFICE OF JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, P. C. PROVIDES COMPASSIONATE LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO VICTIMS OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA.
The Law Office of Jeffrey Friedman, P.C. is proud to represent clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois. The firm possesses decades of experience in handling medical malpractice cases.
If you or your loved one has been a victim of a medical malpractice involving failure to diagnose a stroke in the Chicagoland area, you deserve to be duly compensated for the damages you have suffered. You can also take heart in knowing that there are compassionate and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. Our team of Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorneys does the following for our clients:
- Review the stroke victim’s medical records and neuroimaging studies in consultations with physicians who possess expertise in stroke care.
- Determine where deviations from the standard of care occurred and determine the liable parties.
- Determine if timely diagnose of a stroke would have made a difference.
- Seek to recover economic damages such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity and business opportunities, costs of rehabilitation and occupational therapies, and expenses incurred on hiring a personal attendant for round-the-clock at-home nursing care.
- Seek to recover non-economic damages suffered due to pain and suffering, anguish and emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and companionship.
Medical malpractice cases handled by the Law Office of Jeffrey Friedman, P. C. are taken on a contingency basis, which means our clients pay nothing unless we win their case or reach a settlement.