A stroke can occur anywhere and at any time. The outcome or prognosis often depends on the promptness of the diagnosis and treatment. There are two basic types of strokes. One is called red stroke, otherwise known as a hemorrhagic stroke. This occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing blood to spill into the spaces surrounding brain cells. The other is called a white stroke, also known as an ischemic stroke. This occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted by a clot or spasm. In both cases, the brain cells are deprived of blood, nutrients and oxygen. Without proper and timely treatment, brain cells die. This can lead to symptoms including the following:
• Numbness or weakness especially on one side of the body
• Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
• Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Difficulty walking
• Sudden headaches with no known cause
On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds according to the American Stroke Association. When someone is having a stroke, every second counts. The best treatment for a stroke is prevention. The next best treatment is dealing with the underlying cause. Ischemic strokes can be treated with a drug called tPA within a three-hour window. Hemorrhagic strokes require either surgical intervention or specialized forms of mechanical treatment. In either case, qualified medical care is required immediately.
In most cases, suffering a stroke requires a person to engage in a rehabilitation program. A good starting point for information is the treatment section of the American Stroke Association website. If you have had a stroke or an ischemic attack (TIA) and were not properly diagnosed or treated by your medical professional or hospital, you may have a valid legal claim. The law firm of Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. has experience in stroke malpractice cases. We will work hard to help you get the monetary compensation you deserve. For an example of a misdiagnosis which resulted in a stroke, click here. For an example of improper treatment by a doctor which resulted in the stroke of a child, click here.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of stroke malpractice in New York, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, please call the medical malpractice attorneys at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. today for your free consultation.
Click here to read deposition testimony of a defendant physician from a case of stroke malpractice.