Stoke is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the United States. It’s also the fourth leading cause of death in adults.
As the baby boomer generation gets older, strokes are likely to become more prevalent. The American Heart Association and American Stoke Association, projects as many as one in 25 adults will suffer a stroke in their lives by 2030.
As Virginia brain injury lawyers we see stroke cases on a regular basis. There are two main kinds of stroke – hemorrhagic and ischemic. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when there is the rupturing of a blood vessel , which releases blood into the brain tissue. Ischemic strokes, in which there is a reduced blood flow to the brain, are more common.
There are four main categories of stroke that can lead to lawsuits.
Many medications are linked to increased stroke risk. They can make the blood more likely to clot and form on or travel to an artery leading to the brain. Stokes are a common reason for product liability lawsuits against the makers of pharmaceuticals.
Stroke Caused by Injury
When the internal wall of an artery leading to the brain is injured, it can cause a blood clot to form at the site of the injury and lead to a stroke. Blunt trauma to the neck and the head which may be caused in a car accident or by an attack.
Failure to Diagnose or Treat a Person About to Have a Stroke
Medical professionals should look out for the warning signs of a stroke. Often people who have strokes suffer a transient ischemic attack (TIA) known as a “mini-stroke or “warning stroke.” About a third of all people who have a warning stroke, go on to suffer a full stroke. Medical professionals should be aware of the common warning signs such as facial drooping, numbness and weakness on one side of the body.
Failure to Treat a Stroke in a Timely Manner
The failure to treat a stroke in a timely manner is the basis of nearly all medical malpractice lawsuits over strokes, states Trial Magazine.
When dealing with strokes, medical professionals should:
Recognize and communicate to others the signs and symptoms of a stroke;
Quickly treat the patient to restore blood flow;
Put treatment in place to prevent further interruption of blood flow.
A failure to take any of the steps could be the basis of a medical malpractice case if the patient is left with brain damage.
In this video I describe how today’s imaging technology can help explain Ischemic strokes in the court room. Often we see cases of oxygen being cut off during child birth. Even chiropractic treatment can cause a blood clot which can cause a stoke. Thankfully this is very rare.
If you believe you have a case against a healthcare provider over a stroke, you should call our Virginia medical malpractice attorneys at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com