A stroke occurs when there is an abrupt interruption in the blood supply to the brain, which can be caused due to a sudden blockage of arteries that lead to the brain. A stroke requires immediate medical treatment because the brain cells begin to die within minutes.
A stroke can result in:
- Partial or total paralysis on one side of the body
- Difficulty swallowing, speaking, reading, and writing
There are three main types of stroke:
- Ischemic. A blockage in an artery prevents oxygen from reaching the brain. This is the most common type.
- Hemorrhagic. An aneurysm or similar issue causes blood vessels to rupture.
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA). Also called a mini-stroke, TIA happens when oxygen flow to the brain is disrupted for a short period of time.
What is Stroke Mismanagement?
This refers to a healthcare provider failing to respond correctly to the symptoms of a stroke. Stroke mismanagement occurs in several different ways:
- Failure to prevent. A physician may dismiss a patient’s symptoms as something other than a stroke. Rather than taking appropriate preventive action, the patient is treated for something else, and an otherwise preventable stroke occurs.
- Misdiagnosis and improper treatment. The patient could have an ischemic stroke but be diagnosed with a hemorrhagic stroke instead and receive the wrong treatment.
- Surgical complications. Routine surgery often causes dangerous variations in blood pressure or interrupts normal blood flow. A surgical mistake could lead to high blood pressure or other causes of stroke.
- Delay in treatment. To have the best chance of minimizing complications, a physician needs to properly treat a patient who has experienced a stroke within a few hours. Longer than that and the risk of permanent damage is significantly increased.
Proving Stroke Mismanagement
Doctors may be responsible for your injuries from a stroke if they don’t treat you with the “level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers.”
Three types of damages are available in a medical malpractice case:
- Economic damages. These are direct expenses due to the injury, like medical expenses or loss of income due to the injury.
- Non-economic damages. (such as pain and suffering emotional distress, or losses of life enjoyment or companionship). These damages are not tied to specific monetary costs.
- Punitive damages are designed to penalize the defendant for their conduct. To establish these damages, your healthcare provider must have acted with reckless indifference to your health. This happens only rarely, perhaps if the physician is under the influence. Generally, though, physicians don’t want you to suffer harm. Sometimes they merely fall short in their stroke management.
Your Jacksonville Stroke Misdiagnosis Attorneys
If you believe that your doctor failed to diagnose your stroke correctly or mismanaged the treatment of a stroke, you may be entitled to damages. Here at The Doctor Lawyer Firm, our medical malpractice attorneys are ready to represent you and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (833) 633-6257 or contact us online.