Norristown Stroke Attorney
Norristown Stroke Malpractice Lawyer
Call a Norristown stroke malpractice lawyer if you have been a victim of Norristown medical malpractice. Stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks bloodstream and an oxygen supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. A Norristown stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death. There are two main types of major strokes and the TIA called a mini stroke. Causes of strokes determine their types and treatment methods. A stroke misdiagnosis attorney in Norristown can help.
- Ischemic strokes. These are strokes caused by blockage of an artery and oxygen supply arrest. Ischemic strokes lead to hypoxia and brain cells death.
- Hemorrhagic stroke. These are strokes caused by bleeding to the brain tissue, blood leaking from ruptured blood vessels exerts pressure to the brain tissue.
Ischemic strokes are further divided into 2 groups:
- Thrombotic strokes which are caused by a blood clot that develops in the blood vessels inside the brain.
- Embolic strokes which are caused by a blood clot or plaque debris (fatty deposit) that develops elsewhere in the body and then travels to one of the blood vessels in the brain through the bloodstream. This type of stroke can be caused by pulmonary embolism for instance.
Hemorrhagic strokes are divided into 2 main categories, including the following:
- Intracerebral hemorrhage. Bleeding is from the blood vessels within the brain.
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage. Bleeding is in the subarachnoid space (the space between the brain and the membranes that cover the brain). This kind of stroke can be caused by skull fractures or other incidents.
Norristown stroke misdiagnosis
Stroke diagnosis includes four stages. All of them should be done immediately after a patient’s arrival at the hospital. Time is crucial for stroke patients because late diagnosis leads to delayed treatment which is much more effective. Long lasting hypoxia or bleeding are harder to manage and can make a patient’s condition more severe. Major brain tissue damages and permanent disabilities can be prevented only if emergency medical attention is provided rapidly to a patient.
- Medical interview – The first thing to do in the emergency room is to ask the patient about signs and symptoms. It is crucial to pay attention to every symptom because early signs of stroke can be not specifically related to this condition. For example patients suffering severe headaches are often sent home without further diagnosis.
- Blood tests and measurements include measuring blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. High levels of sugar or cholesterol and high blood pressure are the stroke risk factors.
- Brain scans are the most important medical procedures during stroke diagnosis. An MRI scan shows brain tissue in greater detail, allowing smaller, or more unusually located, areas affected by a stroke to be identified. As with a CT scan, special dye can be used to improve MRI scan images.
- Confirmation of stroke diagnosis or denying it. The last phase is also for determining the kind of stroke, level of severity and what did cause it. Failure to do so is considered Norristown stroke malpractice.
Norristown stroke treatment and medical procedures
An ischemic stroke can be successfully treated by injections of clot-busting medicines and anticoagulants. The benefit of IV alteplase is time-dependent, and earlier treatment within the therapeutic window leads to a greater benefit. Studies have shown that a time window of effectiveness of about ≤20 minutes, and it should be achieved in a variety of different hospital settings.
A hemorrhagic stroke treatment is to restore bloodstream in blood vessels, repair ruptured arteries and stop bleeding to the brain tissues. It can be done surgically, for example by surgical clipping. Surgery has to be administered rapidly to prevent further brain damage.
Norristown stroke medical malpractice
Medical errors can occur on every level of a stroke diagnosis and treatment. Every delay or mistake threatens the patient’s life and dexterity. Norristown stroke misdiagnosis can lead to permanent brain tissue damages and long lasting disabilities.
What are the most frequent stroke medical malpractice errors in Norristown?
- Surgical errors causing internal bleeding, blood vessel rupture, hematoma
- Medicine administration error decreasing patient’s chances for full recovery
- Delayed medicines administration
- Delayed tests ordering
- Mistaking test results leading to misdiagnosis
- Neglecting to do the further diagnosis
- Sending patient home without emergency medical attention which was needed immediately
What are the causes of Norristown stroke medical errors?
- Doctor’s fatigue
- Crowded emergency rooms
- Booked operative rooms
- Lack of life saving medicines
- Lack of equipment needed for medical procedures
- Lack of diagnosing equipment
- Medical and surgical staff shortage
- Lack of significant symptoms of stroke
- Mistaking symptoms with other condition
Norristown stroke misdiagnosis
Strokes are often misdiagnosed because there are several conditions that mimic the symptoms of a stroke, and because a stroke is incorrectly seen as something suffered only by elderly patients. Doctors and other medical professionals who do not take the time to thoroughly evaluate a stroke victim and therefore misdiagnose or fail to diagnose this potentially deadly condition may be liable for malpractice. Call a stroke malpractice lawyer in Norristown today.
Norristown stroke medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit
Stroke is a life-threatening condition that can result in severe inconveniences and disabilities. Although the medical community has clearly defined warning signs indicative of stroke and established protocol for health care providers who treat stroke victims, many people suffer severe injuries or death due to the negligence of providers who fail to properly diagnose, treat, or manage stroke. If you suspect your or your loved one’s condition can be caused by the doctor’s negligent action you may be entitled to file a medical malpractice claim. In case of your loved one’s Norristown wrongful death caused by failing to diagnose or treat stroke, you may be entitled to get the compensation through Norristown wrongful death settlement. Our wrongful death attorney knows how to show evidence of fatal medical malpractice and get the highest possible compensation for the deceased’s family members. Remember that Trapani Law Firm only gets paid after and if your losses are recovered.
The Norristown medical malpractice attorneys at the Trapani Law Firm can help if you think you or a family member was harmed by the delayed or missed diagnosis of a stroke. We can discuss the circumstances of your case in a free initial consultation online, we are available anytime on phone, Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp etc. Trapani Law medical malpractice lawyer will meet you at any of Norristown hospitals: The Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, 5589 West Germantown Pike, East Norriton, Phoenixville Hospital – Tower Health, 140 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460 and Einstein Medical Center, 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141
Contact a Norristown Stroke Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke due to medical malpractice, contact a Norristown stroke personal injury lawyer at The Trapani Law Firm for a free consultation by calling (610) 351 – 2330 or contact us.