A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Someone who is treated quickly enough may emerge from a stroke with minimal permanent damage, while someone who goes too long without treatment may be severely injured and may even die.
The lawyers at Furr & Henshaw have decades of experience helping clients in South Carolina pursue medical malpractice claims for failure to diagnose strokes and other serious medical conditions. With offices in Myrtle Beach and Columbia, we serve throughout the state.
The Consequences Of Misdiagnosis Are Severe
Most thrombotic strokes, if correctly diagnosed within four hours of the onset of symptoms, can be treated with a so-called clot-busting drug called tPA. But the window of opportunity within which these drugs work the best is small, within 3.5 to 4.5 hours. If you wait longer than that, blocked blood supply to the brain will cause tissue damage. If the drug is given after that time window, it could cause a brain bleed, which can make things even worse. Likewise, doctors who don't stay up-to-date with regard to important changes in how stroke is diagnosed or treated can cause unnecessary harm to patients, which could be permanent.
Unfortunately, although the classic symptoms of stroke are known to every trained doctor and nurse, some patients are still misdiagnosed and suffer severe consequences.
A Small Stroke Is No Small Matter
One common precursor of a stroke is a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini stroke. Symptoms of TIA include headache, one-sided weakness or loss of vision. If you or someone you love experiences these symptoms, you should go to the doctor immediately.
Symptoms can come and go, and so if your symptoms go away, that doesn't necessarily mean that everything is okay. All too often, patients who have experienced TIAs are sent home from emergency rooms because their symptoms have seemingly disappeared. But people who have these mini strokes often go on to suffer a stroke within a few days. Therefore, people who experience a TIA should be admitted to the hospital to be monitored and put on blood thinners unless a family member can watch the person closely and return him or her to the hospital if necessary.
Contact Our Lawyers When You Need Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe brain injury, or if someone close to you has died as a result of a medical professional's negligent failure to diagnose and treat a stroke, our attorneys can help. We will carefully research your case and fight for the compensation you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation, contact us today. You will not pay any fees unless we recover compensation in your case. You can call us at 803-250-6829 (Columbia) or 843-213-6737 (Myrtle Beach), or arrange an appointment online.