Many people under age 50 who present to a hospital emergency room with stroke symptoms are misdiagnosed and do not receive timely treatment. This is because most stroke victims are over age 55. In turn, doctors and other medical professionals may fail to diagnose a stroke because they attribute stroke signs and symptoms such as slurred speech and stumbling, to intoxication or a migraine.
According to the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, 8 of 57 patients between the ages of 16 and 50, who enrolled in the study, were misdiagnosed when they were suffering from stroke. Most patients suffering from a stroke were improperly sent home.
Examples of stroke misdiagnosis include an 18 year old man with left side numbness who was diagnosed as intoxicated, a 37 year old man with slurred speech who was diagnosed with a seizure, and a 48 year old woman with blurred vision and lack of coordination who was diagnosed with an inner ear infection.
Depending upon the type of stroke, a drug known as tPA can be given to prevent or limit damage to the brain.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice cases including the failure to diagnose a stroke. If you or a loved one have suffered a stroke, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, 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 and stroke misdiagnosis attorney, contact Bottar Law, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.