Fort Myers Stroke Misdiagnosis Lawyer
Quick treatment for a stroke is critical. Every minute in delayed care is a minute that brain damage occurs. Therefore, when doctors miss the signs of a stroke, it can lead to severe complications that may not have happened with a prompt and accurate diagnosis.
If you or your loved one suffered due to an undiagnosed stroke, a Fort Myers stroke misdiagnosis lawyer with Freidin Brown, P.A. can help you recover damages with a medical malpractice insurance claim or lawsuit. We will fight to ensure negligent healthcare providers pay for their mistakes – not you or your family. Contact us today or call 888-677-7764 to schedule a free consultation.
What Happens If a Stroke Is Misdiagnosed?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a stroke occurs when a blocked artery or leaking/burst blood vessel interrupts or decreases oxygen flow to the brain. When this happens, time is of the essence, and prompt medical treatment can reduce brain damage and other complications.
When a health care provider misdiagnosis a stroke and does not provide treatment, symptoms and side effects can worsen, and the victim may experience severe and permanent complications that quick medical intervention may have prevented, including:
- Loss of muscle control
- Problems with language, speech, reading, and writing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Memory loss
- Cognitive deficits
- Emotional problems and depression
- Physical pain
- Behavioral changes
- Inability to perform self-care and activities of daily living (ADLs)
How Common Is a Stroke Misdiagnosis?
Sadly, Northwestern University reports that around one in 10 patients who visit an emergency room with stroke symptoms are misdiagnosed. This is because medical practitioners often confuse mild, non-specific stroke symptoms (like headaches and dizziness) for signs of less serious conditions, such as migraines, ear infections, and even intoxication.
Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Will Prove Provider Negligence
If your stroke symptoms resulted from misdiagnosis, you deserve justice and compensation for your losses. However, proving medical malpractice occurred can be difficult, and establishing your right to financial awards can take hours of time and require legal and medical expertise.
Allow our firm to put 45-plus years of medical malpractice case experience behind your claim or lawsuit so you can focus on your health or caring for your injured loved one. We can prove that a health care practitioner:
- Owed you a duty of care to diagnose you correctly
- Breached the duty of care by failing to recognize and diagnose the signs of your stroke
- Caused your stroke-related injuries with a misdiagnosis
- Caused your pain and suffering and financial damages via their failure to diagnose
In addition, our skilled Fort Myers, FL, stroke misdiagnosis attorneys can:
- Gather evidence, which may include medical records, medical and scientific research, eyewitness statements, and expert testimony
- Identify your damages and pursue the maximum possible compensation
- Handle case-related paperwork, filings, deadlines, and communications
- Aggressively negotiate on your behalf
- Represent you at trial if necessary
Damages Related to Stroke Misdiagnosis
You should not have to pay out of pocket for medical care and other losses caused by malpractice. Our Fort Myers medical malpractice lawyers can help you seek compensation for:
- Current and future medical treatment, including emergency services, surgeries, hospital stays, physical therapy and rehabilitation, medications, mobility aids, extended nursing, and life-care expenses
- Lost income, earnings, and employment benefits
- Loss of future earning capacity if the side effects of your stroke permanently interfere with your ability to earn a living
- Physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment
- Impaired quality of life
- Wrongful death of a loved one (related costs, such as the deceased’s medical bills, lost household income, funeral and burial expenses)
What Is the Average Settlement for Medical Malpractice in Fort Myers, Florida?
The compensation you can receive for a medical malpractice claim based on stroke misdiagnosis will depend on your age, current income, the severity of your symptoms, and other factors unique to you. Therefore, we cannot guarantee an average settlement for your case. However, we can promise to work tirelessly to achieve the most advantageous financial outcome for you and your family, including taking action in civil court if needed.
Our legal team boasts two Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys, and we have conducted over 200 jury trials and 100 non-jury trials. Our wins include more than 20 verdicts exceeding $1 million, and multiple multimillion-dollar case results for medical malpractice clients, including:
- A $38 million verdict for the negligent care of two premature infants that resulted in blindness
- A $9.75 million settlement for a mother who suffered an ischemic stroke following a cesarean section
- A $3 million wrongful death settlement for the family of a woman who died after childbirth due to medical malpractice
- A $2 million wrongful death verdict for the family of a child who died after emergency room doctors failed to diagnose and treat a brain hemorrhage
How Long Do You Have to Seek Compensation?
According to Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d), you generally have two years to sue for injury or death caused by medical malpractice. The clock started when your stroke occurred or when you discovered your injuries resulted from stroke misdiagnosis.
If you do not file your lawsuit within the deadline, the court will likely dismiss your case, even if you have solid evidence of medical negligence. In addition, if you pursue an insurance claim and do not settle your case before the statute of limitations expires, the insurance company may reduce or deny your settlement, knowing legal action is no longer an option.
Our Fort Myers stroke misdiagnosis lawyers help you get started before time runs out.
Contact Freidin Brown, P.A. for Help With Your Fort Myers Stroke Misdiagnosis Case
Contact Freidin Brown, P.A. today to learn more about how our Fort Myers, FL, stroke misdiagnosis attorneys can help you secure economic justice. We take cases on contingency, which means you do not owe us a dime unless we secure a settlement or verdict in your favor. Fill out our online form or call 888-677-7764 to schedule a free consultation and connect with a Fort Myers medical malpractice lawyer near you. A team member is available 24/7 to answer your questions and get you started down the road to financial recovery.