Failure to Diagnose Stroke
The Bronx misdiagnosis attorneys at the Jesse Minc Law Group represent people in the Greater New York City area who have been injured as a result of mistakes by health care professionals, such as a failure to diagnose stroke. We understand the pain and stress that often come with being injured or dealing with a health impairment. That is especially true when a medical professional to whom you have turned for treatment is to blame. Our attorneys work tirelessly to help victims of medical malpractice get back on their feet by pursuing the full compensation available under the law. We take the time to understand each client’s individual situation and to guide them through the legal process with personalized attention.
A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the flow of oxygen is cut off or reduced to a certain area of the brain, causing brain cells to begin to die within minutes. This is a serious impairment that can cause brain damage, permanent or temporary paralysis, and walking, speaking, reasoning, and vision problems. Strokes are often linked to high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as smoking, and their effects can be mitigated if properly and timely diagnosed and treated. A person suffering a stroke should seek immediate medical attention. Every second counts. The longer that a stroke goes untreated, the more severe the impact is likely to be. If a doctor fails to properly diagnose a stroke immediately, it could be a matter of life or death for the stroke victim.Holding a Doctor Accountable for a Failure to Diagnose Stroke
If you have been injured by a doctor or other medical professional’s failure to diagnose a stroke, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible. You might be able to sue the physician who made the misdiagnosis, as well as his or her employer (often a hospital or a practice group of physicians) and potentially the owner of the facility where the malpractice happened (whether it be a hospital, clinic, practice group, or surgical center). The money damages typically available in these cases cover compensation for related doctor’s bills, lost income, and any reduction in your earning capacity resulting from your injuries. Damages for pain and suffering may be available as well in many cases. The damages that often result from a failure to diagnose a stroke are catastrophic, and can leave victims with a lifetime of medical bills that they can never afford to pay without compensation from those who did them harm.
To get that compensation, your medical malpractice attorney will need to prove that the doctors responsible for the misdiagnosis committed medical malpractice, which is a form of negligence. State law requires medical professionals in the Bronx and elsewhere in New York to live up to a certain “standard of care” in treating patients. That standard varies based on the circumstances, such as whether the situation involves diagnosis or surgery, but it is often known as the “reasonable doctor” test. The question in failure to diagnose cases is whether a reasonable medical professional would be expected to properly diagnose the impairment under the same circumstances. If so, the doctor who missed the diagnosis is likely to be liable for malpractice if it can be proven that this malpractice caused the victim to suffer injuries, or that the injuries that the victim suffered were made worse due to the malpractice.
To successfully prove malpractice, you also need to show how the failure to diagnose caused you to be injured. In stroke cases, that means detailing how the doctor’s mistake made the effects of stroke worse, or that they could have been entirely prevented if a timely and proper diagnosis was made. Doctor evaluations and treatment records can go a long way in establishing your injuries and depicting their impact on your quality of life.Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney in the Bronx or Surrounding Areas
At the Jesse Minc Law Group, our lawyers are dedicated to helping clients get back on their feet after a traumatic event. We give them the opportunity to focus on their own physical recuperation with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we are fighting to get them all of the money that they deserve. Our attorneys have been successful in court or at the negotiating table in more than 95 percent of the cases that we handle. We represent clients throughout Greater New York City, including in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. We do not charge a fee in most cases involving a failure to diagnose stroke or another medical condition, such as a heart attack, unless we are successful. Call us at (718) 354-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Se habla espanol.