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The Consequences of Overlooking a Stroke


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When Medical Malpractice Contributes to Injuries of a Stroke Victim

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The Consequences of Overlooking a Stroke

  2. 2. WHAT IS A STROKE? Strokes occur when blood or oxygen flow is cut off from the brain. In many cases, the obstructed flow to the brain results in damaged brain cells. The severity of a stroke can range from mild to fatal, depending on the duration/size of the blockage, the health of the sufferer and many other factors. CALL TODAY: 312-346-8700
  3. 3. STROKE STATISTICS According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Approximately 1 out of every 20 deaths is caused by a stroke.  Every year, nearly 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke.  Around 25% of strokes happen in people that have already had a previous stroke.  Strokes cost the United States approximately $34 billion a year in healthcare, medicines and lost productivity. CALL TODAY: 312-346-8700
  4. 4. THE ROLE OF HEALTHCARE IN PREVENTING AND TREATING STROKES Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are trained to identify risk factors of strokes. They are also trained how to test and treat possible stroke victims. When these professionals do their jobs, they play a key role in preventing or minimizing the damage of a stroke. When they fail to offer adequate care for a potential stroke victim, however, the results can be catastrophic. Let’s look at a couple of ways in which a doctor might be negligent in their duty of care… CALL TODAY: 312-346-8700
  5. 5. MISTAKE #1 Failing to recognize a transient ischemic attack, also called a mini- stroke. While a “mini-stroke” sounds less severe than a full-blown stroke, the consequences can also be very serious. A mini-stroke might also be an indicator that a major stroke is likely. Doctors should act accordingly after seeing signs of a mini-stroke. CALL TODAY: 312-346-8700
  6. 6. SIGNS OF A STROKE The sudden onset of:  Numbness  Confusion  Slurred speech  Vision impairment  Walking difficulties. CALL TODAY: 312-346-8700
  7. 7. WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT A STROKE - THE F.A.S.T. TEST A simple protocol that anyone can use to determine whether someone has had a stroke is referred to as F.A.S.T. Face. Ask a person to smile to help you determine whether one side of their face is drooping. Arms. Have someone raise their arms to see if they have equal control over both limbs. Speech. Ask the person to repeat a phrase to see if their speech might be slurred. Time. If any of these first three signs are suspected, call 911 immediately. F A S T CALL TODAY: 312-346-8700
  8. 8. DON’T EXPECT DOCTORS TO ADMIT THEIR ERRORS You might suspect that a doctor or hospital staff didn’t act quickly enough to prevent further complications of a stroke, but don’t expect those professionals to admit their mistake. Doctors are typically not eager to admit that they were negligent in the care they offered a patient. CALL TODAY: 312-346-8700
  9. 9. OPTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE If you believe that you or a loved one was the victim of medical negligence, you should consult an attorney as quickly as possible. Attorneys will investigate your case to determine whether a doctor was negligent and whether it constitutes medical malpractice. At Cirignani Heller & Harman, our practice is focused on getting compensation for clients who have been harmed by medical malpractice. CALL TODAY: 312-346-8700
  10. 10. CONTACT CHH TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR LEGAL OPTIONS To learn more about pursuing a medical malpractice claim, contact Cirignani Heller & Harman by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 312-346-8700. Our team has the experience and skill to get you the compensation you deserve. CALL TODAY: 312-346-8700