Untreated strokes can lead to life-changing disabilities

| Jan 11, 2019 | Failure To Diagnose

A person who is having a stroke needs proper medical as quickly as possible. Leaving these conditions untreated means that the person might have more damage done to the brain than what would have occurred with proper treatments. This is why prompt diagnosis and treatment are imperative. Unfortunately, some patients have to deal with the doctors who are evaluating them not making an accurate diagnosis.

The symptoms of a stroke come on suddenly. The person might have any of the following symptoms but might not have all of them.

  • Vertigo
  • Impaired vision that impacts one or both eyes
  • Drooping on one side of the face
  • Slurred speech and difficulty talking
  • Trouble walking
  • Problems lifting one arm to the normal height

Medical professionals should be sure that they take these symptoms seriously. When a patient presents with them, the type of stroke has to be determined. Around 80 percent of cases are caused by a clot in the blood vessel, which is known as an ischemic stroke. The remainder is caused by a ruptured blood vessel, called hemorrhagic stroke. As you can imagine, the treatments for these are very different.

The goal of stroke treatments is to get the blood flowing to the brain normally again. A brain that doesn’t have adequate blood flow begins to experience death of the brain cells. If it is allowed to continue untreated, permanent brain damage that causes life-changing disabilities can occur.

Patients who seek treatment for a stroke and don’t get proper care might choose to pursue a claim for compensation on the basis of medical negligence. This might help them cover the costs associated with the care and treatments they need to address the issues.

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