Kentucky Lawyers for Victims of a Misdiagnosis of Stroke
Your counsel after a misdiagnosed stroke
Heart disease is a serious problem throughout the United States; in Kentucky, a stroke is the #5 killer. Because a stroke is a real possibility for almost every group, doctors and medical staff should always assess people presenting with heart disease for the risk factors of a stroke. If the tests are not run, or if a stroke is misdiagnosed as something else, there could be catastrophic results. At Crandall & Pera Law, we help protect victims and their families when doctors fail to diagnose or delay a diagnosis of a stroke.
Heart disease and strokes
Even though a stroke affects your brain, the risk factors are almost exactly the same as those for a heart attack:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Atherosclerosis (hard arteries)
- Atrial fibrillation (heart quiver)
People who have had a heart attack, or those with Type II diabetes, are at an increased risk of having a stroke. It is crucial that doctors warn people exhibiting risk factors and presenting with coronary heart disease symptoms that they are at risk. Doctors should also monitor patients with these symptoms to ensure that their health is not worsening, and make recommendations for lowering the risks of having a stroke. Finally, a patient who is at risk of a stroke should be tested for coronary heart disease. Failing to inform patients of the risks, or delaying a diagnosis of a heart condition, may constitute negligence.
What are the signs of a stroke?
Like heart attacks, strokes can sometimes present with symptoms that are similar to other conditions. The most common signs of having a stroke include:
- Numbness in the arm, face or leg, usually on one side of the body
- Blurry vision
- Severe headaches
- Difficulty walking or staying upright
- Difficulty speaking or understanding the speech of others
Early detection of risk factors or symptoms is crucial, as it may help you avoid a stroke entirely. Strokes can cause permanent damage to your motor skills and cognitive skills, and can lead to permanent paralysis.
Crandall & Pera Law understands that consequences like these have a lifelong effect not only on you, but on your family and your caretakers. Our skilled team of attorneys, legal staff and registered nurses works together to try complex cases in court.
Take back control after a diagnosis delay
The recovery process after a stroke can take a long time. You want the security of knowing someone is trying to help you with your expenses so your family is safe. Crandall & Pera Law has provided that help for families just like yours throughout Kentucky. To schedule a no-obligation consultation, please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form.