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New Orleans Delayed Stroke Treatment Lawyers – Nursing Homes

Fighting for nursing home residents in Louisiana and nationwide for 150+ years

Nursing homes are required to anticipate and properly treat a broad range of health issues that residents may develop. This duty of care includes understanding the signs and symptoms of a possible stroke. Many residents are in danger of having a stroke due to diabetes, excess weight, lack of physical exercise, smoking, and many other reasons. Prompt care can be the difference between receiving life-saving medications and other life-saving treatments versus living with a lifetime of pain or dying from a stroke.

At Garcia & Artigliere, our New Orleans delayed stroke care attorneys understand what policies nursing homes in New Orleans should have in place to understand stroke symptoms, and to respond to these symptoms by arranging for immediate emergency medical transport to a local hospital and contacting the resident’s personal physician. We’ve helped thousands of clients and families when elder care abuse and neglect cause harm.


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What is a stroke?

There are two main types of strokes according to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). A stroke happens when the flow of blood to the brain is blocked or there is sudden bleeding in the brain.

  • Ischemic stroke. This type of stroke is due to the blockage of blood to the brain. The blockage prevents oxygen and other essential nutrients from getting to the brain. Within a few minutes from the start of the blockage, brain cells can start to die.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke. This type of stroke is due to bleeding in the brain, which can damage the cells of the brain. The two types of hemorrhagic strokes are intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), often due to high blood pressure, and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), usually due to a ruptured aneurysm.

The vast majority of strokes are ischemic strokes.

A third type of stroke, according to the NIH, is a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA is “a blockage that breaks up before it damages your brain — turns into a stroke.”

Nursing homes in New Orleans need to move quickly if a resident is showing signs of a stroke. Delays may prevent the resident from receiving life-saving medications and other life-saving treatments. Delays can cause cognitive impairments, paralysis, brain damage, and other disabilities. Some delays may be fatal.

Moving quickly means understanding if the resident might be having a stroke and arranging for immediate medical transport to the nearest hospital. Every minute matters. Clot-busting drugs such as TPA are generally only effective within the first several hours after the onset of symptoms.

What symptoms of a stroke should New Orleans nursing homes anticipate?

The Tulane University School of Medicine states that “stroke is preventable and treatable if evaluation is sought right away.” The key to prompt treatment is to “be able to identify signs and symptoms of stroke and to activate emergency service immediately if any of these symptoms occur - transient or persistent.”

Stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden loss of sight in one or both eyes
  • Sudden difficulty talking or communicating
  • Sudden loss of motor function or sensation on one side of the body
  • Sudden lack of coordination, which may cause a loss of balance, dizziness, and clumsiness
  • Sudden onset of a severe headache
  • Sudden decrease in consciousness level

Nursing home staff should know the following acronym – FAST

  • Facial droop
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 911

The NIH states that possible additional stroke complications include:

  • Dangerous blood clots
  • Brain swelling
  • Bladder or bowel weakness
  • Loss of density or strength in the resident’s bones
  • Mobility difficulties, including weak muscles
  • Seizures
  • Loss of touch or hearing
  • Problems swallowing
  • Pneumonia

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in six deaths from cardiovascular disease was due to stroke. Someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every three minutes and 14 seconds, someone dies of a stroke. About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, which occur when the brain does not get the blood it needs due to a blockage. Most other strokes are hemorrhage strokes.

What is tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)?

The Mayo Clinic states that:

An IV injection of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) — also called alteplase (Activase) or tenecteplase (TNKase) — is the gold standard treatment for ischemic stroke. An injection of TPA is usually given through a vein in the arm within the first three hours. Sometimes, TPA can be given up to 4.5 hours after stroke symptoms started.

TPA is given to ischemic stroke victims to break up blood clots and restore the flow of blood to the brain. Prompt treatment with TPA improves the odds of survival and may reduce complications.

Nursing homes in New Orleans should have policies and procedures in place to help residents obtain TPA and other life-saving treatments (such as the manual removal of a clot) as quickly as possible.  Prompt treatments for a hemorrhagic stroke can reduce the amount of bleeding.

How much is a delayed stroke treatment case worth in Louisiana?

At Garcia & Artigliere, our New Orleans delayed stroke treatment lawyers work with neurologists, cardiologists, family doctors, psychologists, and the broad array of rehabilitation therapists to fully understand the stroke victim’s medical treatments, the cost of those treatments, and all the ways the stroke has made the victim’s life more difficult. Stroke difficulties may include cognitive challenges, mobility issues, emotional trauma, loss of function of a body part, and loss of quality of life.

We seek the following compensation for seniors and younger nursing home residents in New Orleans when delays in stroke treatment cause harm:

  • Medical expenses including ER care, surgeries, physician visits, long-term rehabilitative care, assistive devices, and medications. Some residents may require around-the-clock care.
  • The resident’s daily physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Any lost income and lost work benefits
  • The loss of life’s pleasures

Our trial lawyers seek wrongful death damages if your loved one died due to delayed stroke care. Wrongful death damages include funeral and burial bills, the loss of financial support, and the family’s personal damage such as the loss of guidance and emotional support.

Do you have a delayed stroke treatment lawyer near me?

Garcia & Artigliere represents nursing home residents in New Orleans who have physical, cognitive, and/or emotional injuries caused by delays in stroke treatment and the families of residents who died because tPA or other essential medical care was delayed. We’ll answer all your questions and fight aggressively for all the compensation you deserve.

Contact Garcia & Artigliere in Louisiana today if a nursing home delayed treatment for stroke

New Orleans nursing homes should expect that some of their residents may have a stroke at any time. Expectation means recognizing stroke symptoms and helping the resident receive prompt emergency care. At Garcia & Artigliere, our New Orleans delayed stroke lawyers have a combined 150+ years of experience fighting for the elderly. We’re respected by former clients, insurance companies, and the legal community for our impressive record of settlements and verdicts for elderly neglect claims – including delayed stroke claims.

To discuss your rights, call or contact our offices today to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation. Our lawyers represent nursing home residents and families across the country and maintain additional offices in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Phoenix, and Louisville. There are no upfront charges. We only receive compensation if your case is successful

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