Failure to Diagnose Stroke
According to the American Heart Association, strokes are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Yet, the warning signs and symptoms for strokes are often missed. Strokes are caused by a depleted oxygen supply to the brain. If left untreated, strokes can cause permanent and serious damage, even death.
There are two basic types of strokes:
1) ischemic stroke occurs when an artery in the brain is blocked, cutting off necessary oxygen to the brain and,
2) hemorrhagic stroke takes place when an artery ruptures or leaks.
Both types of strokes can be misdiagnosed and lead to serious, permanent injuries. Similar to the misdiagnosis of a heart attack, the symptoms of a stroke may mimic other less serious conditions.
However, that’s no excuse for stroke medical errors or misdiagnosis. The Joint Commission in conjunction with the American Stroke Association has developed a training and certification program for hospitals and medical facilities. They provide training and education for medical professionals as well as certification programs so that hospitals and urgent care facilities are able to recognize the early warning signs and symptoms of a stroke as well as proper training for the care of stroke victims.
While the onset of a stroke may occur at any moment, it’s important to know which hospitals in your area are certified by the American Stroke Association and the Joint Commission. If you’re interested in determining which health facilities are rated and certified by the Joint Commission, visit http://www.qualitycheck.org
Proper and timely stroke diagnosis is the key to survival and is crucial to recovery. A hospital or emergency room that is certified and recognized by the American Stroke Association may mean the difference between life and death.
If you or a loved one has suffered from the misdiagnosis of a stroke or its delayed diagnosis, call us. We’ve got 35 years of experience in helping victims of stroke misdiagnosis and their families seek and obtain justice.