Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 150,000 people and causing severe disability to several hundred thousand more every year. Medical imaging technology and other diagnostic tools have made it possible for early detection and treatment to help prevent stroke. However, in many cases a stroke gets misdiagnosed or is diagnosed too late.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of stroke that you think should have been prevented, you may be able to receive compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Stroke Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, accounting for approximately 80 percent of cases. These occur when a blockage develops in an artery that supplies blood and oxygen to the brain. Most of these types of stroke are caused by blood clots.
Blood clots can develop for many different reasons. People who have recently had any type of invasive surgery are at risk of developing blood clots. They are also a hereditary condition. Several other risk factors exist that should alert an emergency room physician that a stroke should be suspected. In either case, blood clots can be avoided with proper diagnosis and medication.
When an ischemic stroke occurs, time is of the essence. If a blood clot is not treated right away, anoxic brain injury can take place, which can then lead to irreversible mental, physical, emotional, or behavioral disability. An ischemic stroke can be treated if it is diagnosed properly. However, if hours are allowed to pass before treatment is administered, the likelihood of brain damage occurring is raised significantly.
Hemorrhagic stroke is the other type of stroke, occurring when a blood vessel breaks, causing bleeding in the brain. The effective treatment of this type of stroke is very different than the treatment for ischemic stroke. Diagnosing and treating the wrong type of stroke can lead to further injury.
Stroke Malpractice Representation
In order to recover damages in a stroke malpractice claim, you must be able to prove that:
- An error committed by a medical professional directly led to your stroke
- The stroke would have been avoidable or preventable had you received proper treatment or diagnosis of your condition
Orlando personal injury lawyer Stephen J. Knox has been helping victims recover compensation in stroke malpractice cases for over 23 years. His commitment to highly personal attention and his ability to listen to his clients’ needs have enabled him to provide superior legal representation to many injured stroke victims in Central Florida.
Mr. Knox will employ a team of medical experts to review your case, ensuring that no detail is overlooked. The damage caused by a stroke can be devastating. Mr. Knox has the skills and experience needed to help prove negligence so that you can recover the compensation you deserve.
If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and believe you may have a stroke malpractice claim, please contact the Orlando medical malpractice office of Stephen J. Knox today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.