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Strokes are devastating events that can cause permanent and serious brain injuries to people who suffer them. The faster a stroke is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis for the patient. Every second matters. Failure to properly diagnose a stroke can lead to serious injury or death. If a doctor failed to treat your loved one’s stroke in a timely manner, you might have a medical malpractice case. In addition, sometimes strokes can be caused by the use of improper medication, or failure to monitor medication. For example, too much coumadin, or failure to test you while on blood thinning drugs can lead to risk of an hemorrhagic stroke. It is your medical team’s responsibility to order the proper tests and review them correctly.
You shouldn’t have to bear the cost of someone else’s negligence alone. Contact our Pennsylvania stroke attorneys today at 800-876-5299 to discuss your rights.
Proper Stroke Treatment
If you go to the hospital with stroke symptoms, doctors must act quickly to minimize the damage to your brain. Once a stroke is properly diagnosed, treatments seek to open the blockage or stop the bleeding, depending on what kind of stroke you suffered.
An ischemic stroke is one caused by a blood clot. Most commonly, if you suffer a stroke caused by a clot you will be given an aspirin, provided a t-PA medication to dissolve the clot, or have a procedure to remove the clot. Clot dissolving drugs must be given within a certain period of time or the risks can outweigh the benefits. This is why delayed rapid stroke diagnosis is so important.
Hemorrhagic strokes are those in which you have burst a blood vessel and are suffering a brain bleed. Doctors must immediately control the bleeding and reduce any pressure that might be forming. Brain swelling can do substantial damage if it is not stopped. If your brain is swelling and/or there is a lot of bleeding, surgery might be necessary to resolve the problem. If the hospital fails to act quickly to properly diagnose a brain bleed, the damage to the brain is normally disastrous.
Suffered Damage Due to Improper Stroke Treatment?
If you or a loved one suffered an injury that is more serious than it would have been had the doctors diagnosed you properly, or if your stroke was caused due to a doctor’s error, you might have a medical malpractice case. A lawsuit brought by the Pennsylvania lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams might help you recover for the substantial financial expenses as well as your pain and suffering, that often result from this kind of negligence. Contact us today at 800-876-5299.