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Long Beach Delayed Treatment of Strokes Attorneys
Experienced legal help when you suffer harm due to delayed medical care in California
A stroke demands immediate and specialized medical attention to avoid severe and potentially life-altering outcomes. If healthcare providers, nursing homes, or caretakers fail to identify the signs of a stroke or delay essential treatment, it can have devastating consequences for both patients and their families.
At Garcia & Artigliere, our team of California attorneys understands the profound impact of delayed stroke treatment and the enduring effects it can have on an individual's life. With compassion and dedication, we advocate for victims who have experienced delayed treatment, seeking justice and holding negligent parties accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has suffered the tragic consequences of delayed stroke care, we are here to support you throughout this challenging journey and fight to secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. Our team boasts over 150 years of combined experience and has served as counsel on lawsuits resulting in more than $3 billion total for victims across the country. Allow us to extend our assistance to you as well.
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What is a stroke?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone experiences a stroke in the United States every 40 seconds. Additionally, every three minutes and 14 seconds, a stroke leads to a fatality. The CDC also highlights that more than 795,000 people in the US experience a stroke annually, with approximately 610,000 of these being first-time or new occurrences.
The CDC defines a stroke as the result of either a blockage in the blood supply to a part of the brain or the bursting of a blood vessel in the brain. In either scenario, specific areas of the brain suffer damage or become nonfunctional. As a consequence, strokes can lead to lasting brain impairment, long-term disabilities, and even fatalities.
There are three primary types of strokes:
- Ischemic stroke. This is the most common type, occurring when blood clots or other particles block the blood vessels supplying the brain.
- Hemorrhagic stroke. This type happens when an artery in the brain leaks blood or ruptures, putting excessive pressure on brain cells and causing damage.
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA). Also referred to as a "mini-stroke," TIA involves a temporary interruption of blood flow to the brain, leading to stroke-like symptoms.
It is crucial to treat strokes as quickly as possible. The CDC emphasizes that patients who reach the emergency room within three hours of experiencing their first stroke symptoms tend to have less disability three months later compared to those who face delays in receiving care.
This highlights the importance of promptly recognizing stroke symptoms and ensuring rapid response and medical attention.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
The symptoms of a stroke can vary based on the type of stroke and the specific region of the brain affected. Nevertheless, some common stroke symptoms include:
- Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, potentially affecting the face, arm, or leg.
- Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech, leading to challenges in expressing oneself or understanding others.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, resulting in blurred vision, double vision, or even partial loss of vision in one eye.
- Sudden dizziness, lack of balance, or difficulty walking, making it challenging to move or maintain an upright posture.
- Sudden and severe headache, which could be an indication of a serious stroke.
If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention. Early treatment can help minimize the damage caused by the stroke and enhance the chances of recovery.
What is the proper treatment for an ischemic stroke?
All strokes require emergency medical care, because they are life-threatening conditions. Prompt diagnosis is critical to ensure that treatments are started quickly.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved tPA, or tissue plasminogen activator, for use in treating ischemic strokes. This clot-dissolving medicine is given through an IV, and when administered within three hours can help mitigate the risks of long-term damage.
Failure to administer tPA, or to administer it within the allotted timeframe, can be considered an act of negligence. Our Long Beach attorneys handle delay of stroke treatment claims for folks throughout California.
What are the complications of untreated strokes?
Delayed or untreated strokes can cause various complications, including chronic pain, seizures, vision problems, and even death. Other serious complications include:
- Physical disabilities. The brain damage caused by strokes can result in physical disabilities, including paralysis, weakness, or difficulty walking.
- Cognitive problems. Strokes can also impair cognitive functions, leading to issues with memory, thinking, and judgment.
- Speech problems. Damage to the brain's speech centers can lead to difficulties in speaking, understanding speech, or swallowing.
- Emotional problems. Emotional challenges like depression, anxiety, and mood swings can emerge as a consequence of strokes.
The severity of stroke complications hinges on the size and location of the stroke. Timely treatment of strokes reduces the likelihood of complications arising.
Who is liable for my Long Beach delayed treatment of stroke?
The responsibility for delayed treatment of strokes varies depending on the unique circumstances of each case. Nevertheless, several potential liable parties may be held accountable for your stroke injuries, including:
- Nursing homes
- Private caregivers
- Emergency room staff
- Assisted living facilities
At Garcia & Artigliere, our attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that all responsible parties are held accountable for the suffering you or your loved one have experienced. We will diligently work to seek justice and compensation on your behalf.
Do you have an attorney who handles delayed treatment of strokes near me?
Garcia & Artigliere has offices at 180 E. Ocean Blvd., Suite 1100, Long Beach, CA 90802.
Skilled delayed treatment of strokes attorneys serving California
Whether it's a hospital, nursing home, physician, or other parties responsible for the harm you or your loved one endured, we will hold them accountable. Your well-being matters, and we are here to provide the support and legal representation you need. Talk to the delayed stroke treatment attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere for help. Call our Long Beach offices or fill out our contact form today to schedule a consultation.
We only collect attorney fees if we win your case. Our lawyers serve families throughout the U.S. from our other offices in Louisville, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and New Orleans. Our services are available in both English and Spanish.
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