Reasons Florida Doctors & Hospitals Misdiagnose Stroke
The definition of stroke is the death of brain cells due to oxygen deprivation, such as what might occur because of an arterial rupture, blockage, or other issue that prevents blood flow to the brain. When an individual suffers a stroke, the timing of diagnosis is critical. According to the National Institute of Health, a physician’s failure to recognize a stroke means the patient misses key opportunities for treatment. As a result, outcomes can be devastating and permanently disable the patient.
If you or a loved one was affected by this type of medical error, it’s essential to consult with a Florida failure to diagnose stroke attorney right away. You can also read on for some basic information regarding your rights.
Physicians and the Duty of Care: Regardless of whether they’re treating someone for a stroke or any other ailment, health care practitioners have a duty to deliver care that meets a certain standard. For medical malpractice cases, the standard of care is what a reasonably careful physician would do when providing treatment or making decisions under the same circumstances as yours. If your doctor acted differently than the reasonably careful provider in making a diagnosis, he or she is said to have “deviated” from the accepted medical standard of care.
How Breach of a Provider’s Duty Can Lead to Stroke Misdiagnosis: There are three opportunities where a physician or nurse should recognize the risk of a stroke:
- While it’s occurring
- Immediately after the stroke
- Long before it even happens
With respect to #1 and #2, a doctor should be able to diagnose stroke and conduct essential tests to prevent further harm to affected brain cells. As for #3, a physician may breach the duty of care by not taking preventative action. For instance, a health care provider might misdiagnose potential stroke by:
- Not carefully reviewing your medical and family history
- Failing to conduct a comprehensive physical examination
- Not ordering crucial tests on your arteries, which could reveal a blockage or other issues
- Neglecting to take action if you experience a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), often termed a “mini” stroke
- Failing to prescribe blood thinners that could potentially prevent a stroke
Your Rights as a Patient: Misdiagnosis of a stroke is a scenario that falls under medical malpractice in the context of your rights. If you can prove the essential elements, which center on breach of the duty of care, you may be eligible to recover monetary damages for your losses. For example, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Your medical bills to treat the complications from a stroke
- Lost wages, if you’re unable to work
- Pain and suffering
- Many other types of losses
Speak to a Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney About Stroke Misdiagnosis
Patients suffer considerably when a physician fails to properly diagnose stroke, but you can recoup some of these losses through a medical malpractice claim. To learn more about your options, please contact the Miami or Fort Myers offices of Freidin Brown, P.A. Our Florida failure to diagnose stroke attorneys can answer your questions and provide more information during a free consultation.