Malpractice suits for stroke misdiagnosis or negligence is on the rise. This type of lawsuit can be quite costly to a doctor, and in many cases has been known to ruin a physician financially. So, it is obviously in a doctor’s best interest to property diagnose and treat stroke victims. But, doctors are human and mistakes can be made. Here is some important information to keep in mind so you can avoid a stroke malpractice suit.
Failure to Consider Family and Medical History
Some of the most common stroke symptoms are headache, nausea, dizziness, double vision and confusion. However, these symptoms are also common for a plethora of other ailments as well. So, when a patient presents with these symptoms, it is easy for a doctor to overlook the onset of a stroke as the catalyst for them. So, it is vital that a physician or physician’s assistant (PA) does a full work up of a patient to rule out any other underlying causes. Further, a patient history of conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol or a family history of stroke can also point a medical professional in the right direction. So, it is crucial to get this information as well to get a full picture of the patient’s health status.
Another problem patients also face is a misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosing a stroke as another condition often happens in a busy emergency room (ER), which is where many stroke victims are taken since its onset is sudden. But, since emergency rooms are frantic and hectic places, patients often do not get the quality of care they need when a stroke hits. If the diagnosis of a stroke is delayed, the lasting effects of it can be worse. So, it is important that ER doctors take the necessary amount of time with every patient, particularly those who present with typical stroke symptoms.
Failing to prevent a Stroke
Certain people are at a higher risk for strokes due to other medical conditions or family history. The general course of action for these patients is a daily dose of prescribed blood thinners. If a doctor suspects that the stroke was caused by the patient not following the prescribed therapy, then there is no malpractice and the physician does not have to worry. However, if the physician failed to prescribe the proper precautionary treatment, it might be time to consult a lawyer.
Failing to Treat a Stroke
Strokes have only a short window of time during which they can be treated. If a doctor fails to treat a patient properly during this time, the effects on the patient can be life-altering. So, it is important to get the right care to the patient at the right time.
If you have questions about stroke malpractice or you are in need of a stroke malpractice lawyer, contact the law office of James Mitchell Brown today.