Our medical care is in the hands of our doctors, whom we trust will always provide us with the best possible treatment. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong it is cause for concern and may even be harmful. A woman recently filed a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice by a doctor at Pro Care Medical Center. The lawsuit states that the woman had a CT scan done but the doctor misread it and failed to diagnose her stroke. This delayed the treatment, which caused further medical harm and left her with permanent injuries. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Stroke Symptoms in Women
There are typically five warning signs of a stroke that include sudden numbness in the arm or face, sudden confusion, dizziness, difficulty speaking, and severe headache. In women, however, there are other symptoms that are sometimes overlooked as indications of a stroke. These include fainting, seizures, pain, and problems breathing. Doctors must evaluate all of the complaints of a patient as well as review test results including CT scans in order to make a correct diagnosis. Many of the stroke symptoms of women are either ignored or misdiagnosed, leading to lack of proper treatment. In this case, the woman had a CT scan completed, yet the doctor failed to make a proper diagnosis.
Misdiagnosis is Medical Malpractice
In many instances, the misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition can be considered medical malpractice. This is particularly true when the failure to diagnose leads to delayed treatment. Lack of treatment in many illnesses can be very serious and may lead to permanent damage or even death. The woman in this case had suffered a stroke, which should have been properly diagnosed and treated. When treatment of a stroke is delayed it can cause irreversible brain damage to occur. The sooner a stroke patient is given medication or has procedures done, the better the outcome.
The treatment for a stroke depends on the type of stroke that has occurred. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blocked artery and requires immediate emergency treatment. Special clot-dissolving drugs are injected directly into the vein and should be administered as quickly as possible. Surgery may be necessary to remove plaque from the carotid arteries in the neck and an angioplasty may be done to expand the artery. A hemorrhagic stroke is one that is caused by bleeding in the brain. Immediate emergency surgery is usually needed to make repairs to the damaged blood vessels. Of the two types of strokes, ischemic strokes are the most common.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Doctors are expected to provide the correct diagnosis and when they don’t the result can be damaging. In this case the doctor failed to quickly determine that a stroke had occurred and therefore the woman’s condition worsened. The lawsuit indicates that she suffered permanent and severe harm, which may not have happened if treatment was done more promptly. If you or a loved one was seriously injured because of medical malpractice you may be entitled to compensation. As in this case, damages may be excessive and include medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and future care expenses. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to learn more about medical malpractice cases.
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