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Delayed Stroke Treatment Lawyers – Hospital Negligence
Resourceful advocacy for victims of delayed or denied treatment of strokes
Most strokes are treatable with clot-busting drugs and other treatments – if the stroke is treated in time. The physicians, nurses, and medical staff in hospital emergency rooms should quickly be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and conduct other immediate diagnostic tests to determine if a senior had a stroke. The ER staff should be ready to use life-saving and disability-saving medications and treatments promptly. Delays in stroke care by hospitals can cause paralysis, cognitive impairment, other serious injuries, and death.
Other hospitals across the country should treat stroke symptoms just as seriously as John Hopkins does. At Garcia & Artigliere, our delayed stroke treatment lawyers understand the protocols and strategies emergency departments and hospitals should have if a stroke is suspected. We work with medical specialists who can state what the hospital should have done that it didn’t do. Victims and families of loved ones who failed to receive prompt medical care for strokes should contact us immediately. We’ll explain your rights and work aggressively to show the hospital failed you in your time of need.
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What is a stroke?
Johns Hopkins Medicine states that a stroke (an attack on the brain) occurs when the blood flow to the brain is stopped. A cessation or reduction of blood supply to the brain is an emergency situation because the brain needs a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients to work. Brain cells that don’t receive the chemicals they need can die within minutes. People who have strokes may have difficulty speaking, eating, remembering, thinking, controlling their bladder and bowels, controlling their emotions, and controlling other critical bodily functions.
The two kinds of strokes, according to Johns Hopkins University are:
- Ischemic stroke. Most strokes are ischemic strokes. This type of stroke occurs when a major blood vessel in the brain is blocked. The blockage may be due to a blood clot or other causes such as cholesterol. Thrombotic strokes are caused by blood clots in the brain’s blood vessels. Embolic strokes are caused by blood clots or plaque debris that occurs outside the brain and then travel to one of the brain’s blood vessels.
- Hemorrhagic stroke. This type of stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the patient’s brain bursts, spilling blood into nearby tissues. Hemorrhagic strokes are divided into intracerebral hemorrhages and subarachnoid hemorrhages depending on where the bleeding is.
There are many of the risk factors for stroke including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol and lipids, lack of exercise, a history of mini-strokes and prior strokes, and being older.
What signs and symptoms of a stroke should hospitals examine?
The symptoms of a stroke include:
- Difficulty keeping balanced and walking
- Weakness or numbness in the arm, leg, or face – usually on just one side
- Vision difficulties
- Loss of consciousness or seizures
- Severe headaches
- Sudden vomiting or nausea
A transient ischemic attack When are hospitals liable for delayed treatment of strokes?
Hospitals may be liable for the delayed treatment of strokes if they:
- Refused to administer tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)
- Delayed administration of tPA
- Delayed the diagnosis of a stroke
- Refused to treat a stroke quickly
- Refused to treat a stroke at all
- Refused to believe a patient who was describing having a stroke
- Failed to train staff to know the signs and symptoms of stroke
Hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers who provide stroke treatment care in or for the hospital may be liable if they fail to properly diagnose the symptoms of stroke, provide clot busters when medically advisable, use the National Institution of Health Stroke Scale, and follow other stroke emergency protocols. A delayed diagnosis, a missed diagnosis, a failure to anticipate complications, a failure to prioritize stroke patients, and other errors may be medical malpractice.
How can your stroke negligence attorneys help?
At Garcia & Artigliere, our delayed stroke treatment lawyers represent individuals and families when hospitals and their medical staff fail to provide competent medical care in a timely manner. We work with medical professionals who work with us to review the medical care that was received from the moment the senior experienced any symptoms until his/her release from the hospital.
We demand compensation for delayed treatments that cause physical and emotional injuries, or prove fatal to the victim. Those damages can include:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost income and lost benefits if the senior was working
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Loss of bodily function
- Loff of quality of life
We seek wrongful death damages (funeral and burial costs, loss of financial support, loss of personal companionship and support) for families when the delayed treatment is fatal. Each state has its own wrongful death laws and procedures.
Do you have a delayed stroke treatment attorney near me?
Garcia & Artigliere represents clients who have disabilities due to the delayed treatment of a stroke, as well as spouses, children, and other eligible family members. Contact us today to learn more.
Contact our delayed stroke lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere today
Most strokes can be successfully treated with prompt and competent medical care. Hospitals across the country should have emergency procedures in place to treat stroke quickly and correctly. At Garcia & Artigliere, our lawyers hold hospitals and emergency rooms accountable when stroke treatment is delayed or stroke treatment is incompetent. We understand the unique difficulties involved with delayed stroke care.
Call or contact our respected delayed stroke lawyers today to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We represent the elderly and families in California, Louisiana, Arizona, Kentucky, and throughout the United States. There are no upfront costs. We do not recover unless you recover.
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