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Stroke Misdiagnosis

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Misdiagnosed or Undiagnosed Stroke? Contact Our Denver Law Offices for a Free Consultation

A stroke is a fairly common medical condition that should be treated as a medical emergency. A stroke can lead to permanent brain damage if not treated promptly, and can result in cognitive impairments, bladder and bowel dysfunction, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, paralysis, and an increased risk for fatality.

Sadly, many patients who seek prompt treatment for strokes suffer long-term and fatal consequences as a result of their strokes being misdiagnosed. Strokes are among the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions, and stroke misdiagnosis can lead to much more serious consequences than misdiagnosis of many other medical conditions. If you or a loved one suffered a stroke due to misdiagnosis of symptoms or experienced complications as a result of a stroke misdiagnosis, our personal injury attorneys in Denver can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Stroke Misdiagnosis

Like other forms of misdiagnosis, there are a variety of factors that can lead to misdiagnosis of a stroke in a doctor’s office or hospital. However, with regard to strokes in particular, three of the most common factors are:

1. Failure to Diagnose Risk Factors

There are several known risk factors that can increase a person’s chances of suffering a stroke. This is true for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes as well as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). When a patient presents at a medical facility with symptoms of a possible stroke, the treating physician should take the patient’s risk factors into consideration in order to determine whether to rule out stroke as a possible diagnosis. Some of the primary risk factors for stroke include:

  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity

2. Misinterpretation of Patient Symptoms

The symptoms of a stroke are similar to those of various other medical conditions, and this is often a factor in stroke misdiagnoses. Individuals who present the following symptoms should be considered as possible stroke patients unless and until an alternate diagnosis is confirmed:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Loss of fine motor control
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Sensory impairments (changes in eyesight, hearing, taste, touch or smell)

3. Failure to Order or Properly Interpret Scans

A third factor in many stroke misdiagnoses is failure to order or properly interpret necessary scans. Doctors who do not consider patients’ risk factors or who fail to properly interpret patients’ symptoms may not order necessary imaging, while those who suspect a condition other than stroke may overlook evidence of stroke in patients’ scans. Other radiological errors can lead to misdiagnoses and failures to diagnose as well.

Find Out if You are Entitled to Compensation for Stroke Misdiagnosis

To find out if you are entitled to financial compensation for a stroke misdiagnosis, contact our Denver personal injury law offices for a free case assessment. You can call us 24/7 at (303) 333-8000 to speak with a member of our legal team in confidence, or send us your contact information online and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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