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Delayed stroke diagnosis might be caused by medical malpractice

Almost everyone who reads our blog probably knows that emergency medical conditions require fast medical care. What some people might not realize is that doctors sometimes make incorrect diagnoses that can lead to a delay in treatment. While that might not make much of a difference in cases of the common cold or a minor ear infection, it can be life threatening in the case of a stroke.

A stroke is a condition in which something stops the flow of blood to the brain. In most cases, a blood clot is the cause of that blockage. When blood to the brain is blocked, brain cells can start to die. It only takes minutes for this to happen.

There are sometimes symptoms of a stroke that might not be immediately noticed. This is because a stroke can affect parts of the body that the area of the brain affected by the stroke controls. For example, this means that paralysis of the leg might occur when a person has a stroke.

Without immediate care, a person who has a stroke can lead to a long-term disability, brain damage, or death. With that in mind, it is easy to understand why it is imperative that a doctor makes the diagnosis of a stroke immediately.

Anyone who had a stroke, wasn't immediately diagnosed, and suffered lasting effects from the stroke has the right to seek compensation. Knowing how to seek compensation is one thing that can help Pennsylvania residents. Learning how to determine what types of compensation and how much compensation to seek are also vital.

Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, "What Is a Stroke?" Nov. 26, 2014

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