“Even though stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, the signs and symptoms are often overlooked in the emergency room,” said Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer Michael A. Bottar, Esq., of Bottar Leone, PLLC.
“We are currently representing a man who actually asked emergency room staff is he was having a stroke. He was, but was diagnosed with a ‘headache” and some over-the-counter Tylenol. The neurological damage progressed and one side of his body no longer functions.” The failure to diagnose a stroke occurs when emergency room personnel, especially in small towns, are not familiar with what to look for in a patient. A headache with other symptoms like loss of coordination and slurred speech should prompt a thorough investigation, including diagnostic imaging.
A new smart phone application may make diagnosis easier — by enabling doctors to diagnose a stroke remotely. The application is called Resolution MD. The program allows physicians to view high-resolution three dimensional images of the brain on an iPhone, iPad or Android phone. According to a study of the software, it was 94-100% accurate.
Prompt diagnosis of a stroke is critical because damage increases with time. Depending upon the type of stroke, medication called tPA may be administered to relieve symptoms. Information about tPA can be found in our prior post entitled “What Is tPA And Is It Available In Central New York Emergency Rooms?” Most emergency rooms, especially New York certified stroke centers, should have tPA on hand.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice and hospital mistake cases, including those arising out of a failure to diagnose a stroke. If you or a loved one have been injured, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, special education, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice attorney, contact Bottar Leone, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.