What can you do when your loved one suffers a stroke that should have been prevented?
Due to potential for death, serious injury, or disability care must be taken to notice and react to symptoms of a stroke before it is too late. If your loved one has suffered death or serious injury from a stroke that should have been prevented or treated differently they might have a malpractice lawsuit.
Medical malpractice is a serious problem. In a 2013 study, A New, Evidence-Based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care by John T. James, PhD., premature death associated with preventable harm to patients was over 400,000 per year.
Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States according to the National Institute of Health.
What is a stroke?
The brain needs oxygen to do its work. This vital oxygen comes from the blood and is delivered through the arteries. When the brain does not get its crucial oxygen, brain cells die after a very short time. When the blood no longer supplies the brain with oxygen, then that is a stroke. A stroke occurs if the flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain is blocked.
The two mains types of stroke are ischemic stroke, and hemorrhagic stroke. Also, there is the transient ischemic event (TIA), or mini-stroke. When an artery is blocked it is an ischemic stroke. When blood vessels in the brain break or leak (hemorrhage) it is a hemorrhagic stroke.
A blood clot is a major cause of a stroke. A stroke can cause loss of brain function leading to loss of muscle control, speech, bodily function, permanent brain damage, and death.
Medical malpractice cases involving stroke involve:
- Cases in which the stroke could have been prevented if proper care had occurred;
- cases in which the medical negligence itself caused the stroke;
- examples include failure to diagnose the possibility of a stroke by failing to run tests to detect blood clots or blockages;
- misdiagnosis of a stroke for another condition;
- failure to treat the stroke;
- failure to provide anticoagulation medication/treatment to people who are at risk of a stroke;
- negligence during surgery which can lead to hypotension which leads to a stroke;
- failure to provide prompt emergeny care to a patient suffering a stroke.
Fight for the compensation and justice you deserve for the injuries you have sustained, or for your loved one who had their life taken away.
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can win compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and diminished future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Permanent catastrophic injuries or disabilities,
- Wrongful death
Stroke Malpractice Can Cause Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death
At Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., we are very selective about the medical malpractice cases we accept. We strive to fight for individuals who have endured very serious injuries and have the most to gain from winning a Connecticut medical malpractice suit. We also work with families who have lost their loved ones due to the negligence of a medical professional.
You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or a loved one has been faced with one of the following situations:
- Failure to treat symptoms of a stroke,
- Brain injury,
- Wrongful death.
How to evaluate whether you have a medical malpractice case from a stroke?
Do you think that a loved is the victim of a medical malpractice involving a stroke? How is your case evaluated? The first step is to gather the medical records. For example, if your loved one lived in Groton, Connecticut and suffered an emergency stroke they likely treated in the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. You should (or your lawyer should) request all of the records for their care including the hospital records, tests, and the lab work. Furthermore, you will need all of the relevant prior medical records to evaluate the risk of stroke or blood clot. Next, you will have to find a doctor that is of the same specialty as the defendant doctor to review the case. Only if you get an opinion that medical malpractice has occurred, can you proceed with your case.
There are also additional hurtles that you must also overcome, like proof of damages. You must prove all of your harms and losses. You must also prove that your harms and losses were caused from the medical malpractice, and not any underlying condition. You will be forced to examine the consequences of the error and whether the underlying condition contributed to the harm. All of these medical questions require answers by qualified medical experts to determine the harms and losses suffered by your loved one.
If you know negligent medical professionals caused life-changing injury or death to a loved one due to a stroke related malpractice error it's time to fight back and let them know they will be held accountable for their malpractice.
Contact Our Groton Medical Malpractice Attorneys
With millions of dollars on the line, our medical malpractice lawyers at the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., do not accept every case. For a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, we must prove that the medical provider failed to live up to the appropriate standard of care, as well as that the medical negligence or malpractice caused harm to our client.
When the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., represents you in your medical malpractice case, you can expect attention to detail. You can also expect excellent customer service on the day-to-day basis in our office. Just take a look at our former client testimonials on this website. When it comes to case preparation and trial technique, we have Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys ready to take your case to trial if necessary. Additionally, we have also taught Health Law at the Quinnipiac College School of Law, lecturing to other attorneys on the topic of medical malpractice. We set the standard for medical malpractice attorneys throughout the state of Connecticut.
If you or a loved one were injured or killed by a stroke due to the negligence of a medical professional contact the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., at 860-445-8521 or toll free 888-717-4211 today for a free consultation.