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Los Angeles Delayed Stroke Treatment Lawyers – Nursing Homes
Respected lawyers when California nursing homes delay stroke treatment
Nursing homes in Los Angeles know that most of their residents are seniors who have many of the risk factors for a stroke, such as cardiology problems, diabetes, and old age. Nursing homes should also know that delays in recognizing stroke symptoms and obtaining prompt medical care can be the difference between a treatable disorder and serious injuries or death.
At Garcia & Artigliere, our California delayed stroke care lawyers understand what emergency protocols should have in place to treat residents who may be having a stroke. These protocols should include obtaining immediate transportation by ambulances and other services that can provide life-saving care. Our elder care abuse and neglect lawyers have helped thousands of clients of all ages obtain just compensation, including the victims of delayed stroke treatment.
The American Heart Association states that stroke caused one of every 19 deaths in the US in 2019. Worldwide, in 2020, more than seven million fatalities were attributable to cerebrovascular disease. Ischemic strokes accounted for 3.48 million stroke-related deaths. Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) accounted for 3.25 million stroke-related deaths. Subarachnoid hemorrhage was the cause of 0.35 million deaths.
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How can we help?
- What is a stroke?
- What stroke symptoms should Los Angeles nursing homes anticipate?
- What is tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)?
- When can a Los Angeles nursing home be held accountable for stroke delay disabilities and deaths?
- What is the value of my delayed stroke treatment case in California?
- Do you have a delayed stroke treatment lawyer near me?
What is a stroke?
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines a stroke as occurring when the flow of blood to the brain is blocked or the brain suddenly begins to bleed. Strokes are classified as follows:
- Ischemic stroke. The flow of blood to the brain is blocked, which prevents the blood from getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs. Brain cells can start to die within minutes from the time of the blockage.
- Hemorrhagic stroke. The brain suddenly starts to bleed which can place pressure on the brain cells - damaging those cells.
A high percentage of strokes are ischemic strokes.
The NIH states that a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is “a blockage that breaks up before it damages your brain — turns into a stroke.”
Medical intervention is critical if a Los Angeles nursing home resident is having a stroke or a TIA. Delayed treatment can cause brain damage, paralysis, cognitive impairments, and other serious disabilities. Delayed treatment can also be fatal.
Los Angeles nursing homes need to understand stroke symptoms and arrange for immediate medical transport to the closest emergency room. Minutes count. Clot-busting drugs generally only work within the first few hours after symptoms start.
What stroke symptoms should Los Angeles nursing homes anticipate?
Kaiser Permanente, in Southern California, recommends the following acronym to remember how to identify stroke systems.
“BE FAST” stands for:
- Balance. A loss of balance or difficulty walking
- Eyes. Vision difficulties with one or both eyes
- Face. Weakness or drooping on one side of the face.
- Arm. Arm or leg weakness or numbness – usually on just one side
- Speech. Difficulty speaking.
- Time to call 911.
Other symptoms of a stroke include a sudden severe headache, confusion, difficulty understanding simple statements, seizures, and fainting.
According to the NIH, the possible complications from a stroke include:
- Dangerous blood clots
- Swelling in the brain
- Muscle weakness and mobility problems
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Loss of bone density or strength
- Difficulty with language, memory, and thought
- Difficulty talking
- Loss of vision, touch, or hearing
- Difficulty swallowing
What is tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)?
The main way to treat an ischemic stroke is a medicine called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). tPA breaks up the blood clots that are blocking the flow of blood to the brain. tPA must be given within three hours after stroke symptoms start. The time limit may be lengthened to 4.5 hours in some cases. The sooner a nursing home resident in Los Angeles is given tPA, the better. Delayed treatment of tPA can be deadly or cause severe disabilities. Another possible ischemic treatment is the removal of the clot (thrombectomy).
Immediate medical treatment of a hemorrhagic stroke can reduce the amount of bleeding.
When can a Los Angeles nursing home be held accountable for stroke delay disabilities and deaths?
Most Los Angeles nursing homes should work with a doctor who supervises the medical care and medical staff that nursing homes provide. Los Angeles nursing home residents should have individualized care plans that continually assess their physical state, emotional state, skincare, cognitive abilities, and the management of their medications. Competent nursing home care for the elderly also includes the creation and implementation of stroke care guidelines and best practices.
At Garcia & Artigliere, our Los Angeles nursing home neglect lawyers work to show that the nursing home should be liable for delayed stroke treatment if:
- The nursing home does not have a competent licensed medical professional who can promptly evaluate whether a resident has had or is having a stroke.
- The nursing home does not have policies and procedures in place for handling residents who have stroke emergencies.
- The nursing home fails to have arrangements with ambulances or emergency transport services to move the resident to the closest emergency department as quickly as possible.
- The nursing home does not have enough staff to help stroke victims.
- The nursing home improperly dismisses the complaints of a resident.
- The nursing home does not have policies to help residents who have cognitive impairments and may be having a stroke.
What is the value of my delayed stroke treatment case in California?
At Garcia & Artigliere, our Los Angeles delayed stroke treatment lawyers have helped thousands of elderly residents nationwide obtain strong settlements and verdicts for elder abuse and neglect. If your loved one suffers a disability or death due to stroke treatment delays, we can help.
Seniors and younger nursing home residents are entitled to demand compensation when nursing home neglect due to delayed treatment of a stroke causes harm. The compensation includes the nursing home resident’s medical expenses which can be quite large because many residents require extensive rehabilitative therapy. Some residents may require around-the-clock care for paralysis or other severe disabilities. Our lawyers also demand compensation for the senior’s pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and inability to function.
Our attorneys also seek wrongful death damages on behalf of the families of the elderly who die due to delays in stroke care. These damages include the funeral and burial costs, the family’s personal damage such as the loss of emotional support, and financial damages.
Do you have a delayed stroke treatment lawyer near me?
Garcia & Artigliere represents nursing home residents in Los Angeles who have disabilities caused by stroke treatment delays and the families of seniors who died because tPA or other essential medical care were delayed. We’ll guide you calmly and clearly through each phase of the claims process.
Call Garcia & Artigliere now if delayed care by a California nursing home contributed to delayed treatment for stroke
Nursing homes in Los Angeles should know that many of their residents are at risk of having a stroke at any time. At Garcia & Artigliere, our Los Angeles delayed stroke lawyers have more than 150 years of combined experience fighting for the elderly. This fight includes holding nursing homes accountable for failing to have common-sense policies and procedures in place for every type of likely emergency such as strokes that may occur.
To discuss your rights, call or contact our offices today to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation. We maintain additional offices in Long Beach, Louisville, New Orleans and Phoenix. We represent clients across the United States. There are no upfront costs. We only receive compensation if your case is successful
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