A Stroke Misdiagnosis Lawyer Can Recover Just Compensation for Your Losses
When a patient suffers a stroke, the first few hours afterward are critical. If an emergency room doctor or staff member does not diagnose and treat the condition quickly, or if they misdiagnose it, the patient may suffer permanent brain damage. This can lead to serious physical disabilities, or even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered because your health provider misdiagnosed a stroke, Paul M. da Costa, Esq at Snyder Sarno D'Aniello Maceri da Costa LLC can defend your rights with a medical malpractice claim. A stroke misdiagnosis lawyer at our Roseland, NJ, office can help secure your financial future through compensation for your losses.
Actions taken after a stroke can make the difference between a patient's recovery and serious disability or death.
Consequences of Stroke
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When the brain is starved of oxygen, brain cells die, potentially leading to serious long-term damage.
Uncontrolled hypertension or high blood pressure is the most common cause of strokes. Signs of stroke include:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Impaired speech or confusion
- Vision impairment
- Sudden dizziness, loss of coordination, or trouble walking
- Sudden and severe headache
A patient suffering a stroke may not be able to perceive the symptoms or communicate them to a physician, as this disease affects the brain. This makes it critically important for the doctor to recognize the symptoms of stroke and correctly diagnose it.
Your misdiagnosis lawyer will diligently collect evidence, going through your medical records and test results for information that can hold your health provider legally liable for medical malpractice.
Failure to Diagnose Stroke
Sometimes, the emergency department of a hospital is understaffed, or they are not properly trained. Doctors may be overburdened, and in their haste may overlook the warning signs of a stroke. The failure to correctly diagnose can occur if health providers:
- Fail to take a thorough medical history or to perform a physical examination
- Fail to order the right diagnostic studies that can identify a blockage or rupture
- Fail to administer the right medications
- Misinterpret test results
- Fail to recognize stroke symptoms in patients who otherwise appear healthy
How Your Misdiagnosis Attorney Can Help
When you come to Snyder Sarno D'Aniello Maceri da Costa LLC to seek justice, medical malpractice attorney Paul M. da Costa and his colleagues are on your side throughout the process. After an initial free review of your case, your lawyer will get to work and diligently collect evidence, going through your medical records and test results for information that can hold your health provider legally liable for medical malpractice.
If the case comes to trial, the patient, usually through his or her attorney and a retained medical expert witness, needs to prove to the jury that the responsible doctor deviated from the accepted medical standard of care, thus causing injury.
The monetary compensation awarded depends on the level of losses suffered by the patient. The damages can include:
These can include current medical bills and projected medical and rehabilitation expenses, as well as lost wages and future earning potential.
These can include physical or mental pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. In the case of death as a result of medical negligence, the patient's family can receive monetary compensation on the “full value” of a life
Reach Out to Us
Suffering a stroke can be a debilitating, life-altering experience. Though monetary restitution cannot compensate for the loss of your health, it can secure your financial future. Contact us to set up a consultation with compassionate and experienced attorney Paul M. da Costa.