Dedicated Stroke Case Attorneys
Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable and treatable. Yet, despite major advances in diagnostic tools and medical imaging technology for early detection and treatment, stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year, making it the 4th leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Regrettably, many stroke victims needlessly suffer its damaging effects from being misdiagnosed or from being diagnosed too late.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered the damaging effects from a preventable ischemic or a hemorrhagic stroke, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accounting for 80 percent of stroke cases, ischemic strokes result when blood clots block the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. This can cause anoxic brain injury. Blood clots occur for a variety of reasons.
Blood clots, however, are avoidable with timely intervention, including accurate diagnosis along with appropriate medication from the attending physician. Late diagnosis of an ischemic stroke, or delayed treatment significantly increases the likelihood of brain damage.
Unlike ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke results from a blood vessel breaking, causing bleeding in the brain. Though most hemorrhagic strokes are, likewise, caused by blood clots, the effective treatment for this kind of stroke is entirely different from the treatment for ischemic stroke.
Consequently, it’s imperative that the attending physician make a correct stroke diagnosis to prescribe the proper medication. Misdiagnosis and wrong medications can lead to further injury.
Stroke Increasing Among Pregnant Women
Pregnant women are increasingly at risk of having a stroke – Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis – for several reasons: inactive lifestyles during childbearing years, obesity, and women getting pregnant later in life contribute to the risk of having a stroke. In a 2011 study, the CDCP reported a 50 percent increase in strokes among women during pregnancy and postpartum from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s.
Strangely, the study found that two-thirds of the victims did not have high blood pressure. Not having high blood pressure can obscure a stroke victim’s true condition in an emergency room diagnosis that can result in a misdiagnosis.
Stroke Early Warning Signs
A stroke is often preceded by warning signs that signal insufficient blood flowing to the brain such as neck pain, difficulty seeing, difficulty speaking, a headache, or loss of balance. Some stroke victims suffer a series of min-strokes, called transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, that are recognizable in time for intervention to prevent death or serious permanent injury.
When to Get Stroke Malpractice Representation
You or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for stroke medical malpractice if you believe your health care provider caused harm by:
- Making the wrong stroke diagnosis
- Making a late stroke diagnosis
- Providing the wrong stroke treatment
- Prescribing the stroke wrong medication
Experienced Medical Malpractice Representation
The Leonard Law Firm lawyers have the necessary skills you expect and decades of experience fighting for victims to recover compensation for:
- Stroke and other medical malpractice damages
- Serious personal injury
- Wrongful death
Here are typical examples of stroke cases The Leonard Law Firm lawyers have successfully litigated:
- Improper tests to recognize blood clots,
- Emergency room error,
- Misdiagnosed strokes for other medical conditions that resulted in the wrong treatment for stroke,
- Dereliction during surgery, which caused a drop in blood pressure that resulted in a stroke,
- Failure to administer anti-coagulation drugs to people suffering from cardiac arrhythmia (improper beating of the heart) or other markers of a preventable stroke,
- Failure to provide the drug, tPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator), in a timely manner to victims that suffered a stroke.
Brian Leonard is a highly proficient medical malpractice lawyer and a principal of The Leonard Law Firm. He is committed to assembling a team of distinguished medical experts in the relevant disciplines to help guide The Leonard lawyers in building the strongest stroke malpractice case possible to produce the results you expect.
Some of the numerous medical malpractice cases Mr. Leonard has successfully resolved in favor of his clients are:
- Multi-million dollar recovery for a child and his parents after he was injured at birth following a delay in performing a Cesarean section.
- Multi-million dollar recovery for a child and her parents after she was injured at birth
- Multi-million dollar recovery for a patient in a failure to diagnose cancer case.
- Multi-million dollar recovery for a patient and his wife who was permanently disabled, because of medical negligence in surgery.
- Multi-million dollar recovery for a child amputee, because of medical negligence.
- Seven-figure recovery for a cardiac patient injured in a hospital, because of medical negligence.
- Six-figure recovery for the survivors of a woman who passed away prematurely, because of a delayed diagnosis of cancer.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss your potential case, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mr. Leonard at The Leonard Law Firm as soon as possible.