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Long Beach Delayed Treatment of Strokes Attorneys: Hospital Negligence
Legal help when hospitals fail to recognize or treat strokes in California
Surviving a stroke is possible with prompt and appropriate care, but when hospital negligence comes into play, the consequences can be devastating for patients and their families. When stroke patients seek medical attention, they entrust their well-being to healthcare professionals with the expectation of receiving timely and proper treatment.
At Garcia & Artigliere, our Long Beach attorneys understand the profound impact that hospital negligence can have on stroke treatment outcomes. Our commitment is to pursue justice and accountability for those who have been affected by such negligence. We firmly believe that such tragic incidents should not go unaddressed. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to hospital negligence during a stroke, our compassionate California team is here to support you every step of the way. We will stand by your side and fight to secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. With three decades of experience and a track record of more than $3 billion for consumers nationwide, you can place your trust in us to advocate for your rights and well-being.
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How can we help?
- What are the different types of stroke?
- What are the symptoms of a stroke?
- What are the complications of untreated strokes?
- Can I sue a hospital for delayed treatment of stroke in Long Beach?
- What is the value of my Long Beach, California delayed treatment of stroke claim?
- Do you have a delayed treatment of strokes attorney near me?
What are the different types of stroke?
A stroke is a critical medical emergency that arises when blood flow to a specific part of the brain is obstructed or when a blood vessel ruptures, leading to potential brain damage or even death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that strokes are a huge threat here in the US, happening every 40 seconds. Further, someone dies from a stroke every three minutes and 14 seconds. Zooming out, over 795,000 people experience a stroke annually, and about 610,000 of these are first strokes.
There are three different types of stroke:
- Ischemic stroke. This is the most prevalent type, occurring when blood clots or other particles block the blood vessels supplying the brain. The blockage deprives the brain of vital oxygen and nutrients, resulting in damage to brain cells.
- Hemorrhagic stroke. In this type, an artery in the brain ruptures or leaks blood, exerting excessive pressure on brain cells, leading to damage. The severity of a hemorrhagic stroke can be life-threatening.
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA). Often referred to as a "mini-stroke," TIA involves a temporary disruption of blood flow to the brain, causing stroke-like symptoms. Though temporary, it serves as a critical warning sign of potential future strokes.
Acting promptly to treat strokes is of utmost importance. According to the CDC, patients who seek medical attention within three hours of experiencing their first stroke symptoms tend to experience less disability three months after the stroke compared to those who face delayed care. Recognizing stroke symptoms promptly and providing immediate and comprehensive medical care are vital steps in improving outcomes for those affected.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
Unsure of what a stroke looks like? Think “BE FAST” to help you identify the primary signs of stroke:
Balance – look for changes in coordination and balance
Eyes – ask if the person is experiencing vision issues, like blurred or double vision
Face – ask your loved one to smile, to see if there one side of the face is drooping
Arm – ask the person to raise both arms, and see if there’s any weakness apparent
Speech – engage in conversation to see if your loved one’s speech is slurred or odd-sounding
Time – call 9-1-1 if you notice any of the signs
If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention. Early treatment can help mitigate the damage caused by the stroke and increase the likelihood of a successful recovery.
Hospital staff should be trained to recognize these signs and act accordingly. If you or your loved one are turned away or do not receive prompt treatment and suffer harm as a result, talk to the Long Beach attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere to find out your next steps.
What are the complications of untreated strokes?
When strokes go untreated, they can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications as a result of the absence of timely medical intervention. The consequences of untreated strokes vary based on the stroke type, its location in the brain, and the duration of delayed treatment. Some common complications of untreated strokes include:
- Communication problems
- Emotional and behavioral changes
- Swallowing difficulties
- Chronic pain
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Secondary strokes
Seeking immediate medical attention at the first sign of a stroke is crucial to minimize the risk of complications and improve the chances of recovery. Early treatment can help limit brain damage and prevent or mitigate many of these potential complications. If you or a loved one have experienced stroke complications due to hospital negligence, the Long Beach attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere can provide assistance and support.
Can I sue a hospital for delayed treatment of stroke in Long Beach?
A hospital may bear liability for the delayed treatment of a stroke if it can be demonstrated that the delay resulted from the hospital's negligence. This implies that the hospital failed to act by the standard of care for stroke treatment.
The standard of care refers to the level of care that a reasonably prudent healthcare provider would offer in the same or similar circumstances. To establish hospital negligence, it must be shown that the hospital's actions fell below the standard of care, and this breach caused the patient's injuries.
When it comes to ischemic strokes, the standard of care is the timely administration of clot-busting drugs like tPA. Garcia & Artigliere will fight to protect your rights and your future if a doctor, staff member, or hospital administrator:
- Delayed the diagnosis of your stroke
- Refused to treat your stroke
- Refused to administer tPA
- Delayed the administration of tPA Delayed other, additional treatments of stroke
Our Long Beach stroke negligence attorneys will take all of these factors into consideration when determining whether a hospital can be held liable for the delayed treatment of a stroke and the resulting consequences for the patient.
What is the value of my Long Beach, California delayed treatment of stroke claim?
If a hospital is found liable for delayed treatment of a stroke, the patient may have the opportunity to seek compensation for their injuries. Potential damages that can be recovered may include:
- Medical expenses. This encompasses the cost of hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and medical equipment necessary for the patient's recovery.
- Lost wages. If the patient was unable to work due to their stroke, they may be eligible to recover the income they lost during their recovery period.
- Pain and suffering. This includes the physical and emotional distress that the patient endured as a result of the stroke and its delayed treatment.
- Punitive damages. In certain cases, the court may award punitive damages as a way to penalize the hospital for its actions and to discourage similar negligent behavior in the future.
Seeking damages for these losses can provide much-needed financial support for the patient and their family during this challenging time. Compensation aims to address the medical and emotional toll of the delayed stroke treatment and to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
Do you have a delayed treatment of strokes attorney near me?
Garcia & Artigliere has offices at One World Trade Center, Suite 1950, Long Beach, CA 90831. We’re right off West Ocean Boulevard near the Superior Court of California.
Talk to a California delayed treatment of stroke attorney
Act now to protect your rights and seek justice if you or a loved one have suffered from delayed stroke treatment. Don't wait any longer – reach out to our experienced attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere. We are dedicated to fighting for your rights and holding negligent parties accountable for the harm they have caused. You deserve fair compensation for the pain, suffering, and financial burdens you have endured. Call our Long Beach offices or fill out our contact form today to schedule a consultation.
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