Help for Stroke Victims Whose Doctors Failed to Diagnose and Treat Them
Medical malpractice authorities serving Washington, D.C.
Strokes are serious; they are the #4 killer in Washington, D.C., and the #5 killer in West Virginia. On average, someone in America dies of a stroke about every four minutes. Diagnosing the symptoms and beginning treatments as quickly as possible may help minimize the effects of a stroke; failing to do so can exacerbate them. At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we help protect stroke victims and their families when a doctor fails to diagnose and treat a stroke. Our experienced team of medical malpractice attorneys has helped families just like yours obtain the compensation they need to protect themselves and their futures after a doctor has failed to act at the expected level of care.
Understanding a stroke
As with heart disease, a stroke is the result of a blockage or a rupture in the blood vessels. The blood carries oxygen to the brain through the vessels, so a stroke can lead to oxygen deprivation. Strokes fall into three categories:
- Ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke is a blot clot that obstructs the vessel which supplies blood to the brain. The majority of strokes are ischemic – about 87%.
- Transient ischemic attack, or TIA. TIAs are sometimes called “mini-strokes,” because the clot in the vessel is temporary. Nonetheless, they are incredibly serious because any amount of oxygen deprivation can have a long-term effect on the brain.
- Hemorrhagic stroke. Hemorrhagic strokes are ruptured blood vessels. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the leading cause of this type of stroke. Aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations are the most commonly weakened blood vessels.
Many of the factors in heart disease – obesity, high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle and smoking – may also lead to a stroke. Your doctor should warn you of these factors, especially if you have a family history of strokes.
Recognizing the warning signs
The American Stroke Association uses the acronym FAST: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911 – to make it easier to remember the signs of a stroke. Though these are the most common symptoms, a stroke may present with:
- Blurry vision in one or both eyes
- Difficulty understanding what other people are saying
- Sudden lack of balance or coordination
- Severe headaches that appear out of nowhere
Because these symptoms have long been associated with a stroke, healthcare providers should recognize them, especially in combination with any of the FAST symptoms. A doctor who fails to recognize and diagnose the signs of a stroke may delay the treatments you need in order to get well. A delay in treatment may also increase the risk of permanent brain damage, if your brain is deprived of oxygen for too long.
At Paulson & Nace, we understand how devastating a stroke can be not only for the victims, but for their families. We help our clients obtain the compensation they need to protect their families. We are by your side for as long as it takes to ensure that your family will be able to recover.
Let our family help your family after a doctor fails to diagnose or treat a stroke
Paulson & Nace, PLLC, offers comprehensive and compassionate care to stroke victims and their families throughout Washington, D.C. If a doctor failed to diagnose or treat your stroke, we want to hear your story. Please call 202.463.1999 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced trial attorneys.