- Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes
- Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
- Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.
(Center for Disease Control)
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Fighting Stroke Misdiagnosis
Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This should give medical professionals heightened awareness of the possibility of stroke when evaluating patients who present with slurred speech, sudden paralysis on one side of the body, persistent numbness and tingling localized in one part of the body, or other symptoms that could indicate inadequate blood flow to the brain. Nevertheless, strokes are misdiagnosed frequently or there is a delay in timely diagnosing the stroke, with serious consequences to the patient. Most tragically, are those situations where there is a delay in providing appropriate medication (tPA) once the stroke is diagnosed. If the stroke is timely diagnosed effective treatment exists that can potentially provide significant benefit to patients. When it comes to treating strokes, time lost is brain lost.
Medical Negligence and Stroke
We represent people who suffered a stroke and were:
- Not treated promptly
- Not given clot-busting drugs (tPA and other thrombolytics)
- Not identified as being at risk for stroke because of high blood pressure or because certain medications were prescribed or other risk factors
- Not timely transferred to a stroke center or a major hospital
Some of our clients also experienced stroke complications that went undiagnosed. The physical and mental damage from strokes varies from patient to patient. Some recover fully after extensive therapy and treatment. Others remain totally incapacitated and require constant care. All have significant expenses and losses that can be repaid if another’s negligence caused the stroke to be misdiagnosed or inappropriately treated.
Seeking Compensation for Your Losses After a Stroke
Our attorneys work hard to obtain full payment for all of the losses and costs of a stroke that was misdiagnosed. We seek full compensation for your medical bills, therapy costs, pain and suffering, and other costs of your stroke. We also anticipate future expenses, such as durable medical equipment, home health care expenses and other necessary items that can allow a stroke victim to live as fully and independently as possible.
Experienced and Caring Medical Malpractice Lawyers
At Frischman & Rizza, P.C., our western Pennsylvania lawyers help clients whose stroke symptoms were misdiagnosed or who failed to receive the timely administration of tPA. As personal injury attorneys with many years of experience, we are highly knowledgeable about medical and legal issues related to the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a stroke. We know that stroke victims are facing significant physical challenges, medical expenses and may not be able to return to work. They will require weeks or months of rehabilitation and physical therapy. They may be permanently disabled and require long-term medical care.
Call our Pittsburgh stroke misdiagnosis attorneys at 855-90-4INJURY to schedule a free initial consultation. Or send us an e-mail to learn more about your options after suffering a misdiagnosed stroke.