Helping Stroke Victims Who Experienced a Misdiagnosis
Ischemic stroke, caused by a clogged blood vessel, and hemorrhagic stroke, caused by a ruptured blood vessel that leaks blood into the brain, are both life-threatening medical conditions that can result in permanent neurological injury or death. Strokes can also be caused by surgical procedures, surgical errors and medical conditions such as undiagnosed hypertension.
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The New York stroke injury lawyers at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P., have the medical knowledge and legal experience to help protect your rights in the wake of a serious stroke that may have been the result of a misdiagnosis. Our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. If we accept your case, there is no fee unless we recover damages for you. For a free consultation with our New York personal injury attorneys, please call 212-406-1700 or contact us online.
Information About Strokes
Nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year - an average of one every 40 seconds, according to the American Stroke Association. Strokes claim 143,000 lives a year, making it the No. 3 killer behind heart disease and cancer.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is considered the most common cause of stroke. A so-called “mini stroke” or transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a warning sign that a stroke may occur. TIA results from blood flow to the brain being stopped or reduced. Symptoms can include blurred vision, behavior changes, slurred speech and weakness or numbness on one side of the body.
About 85 percent of strokes are ischemic, or the result of an obstruction within the blood vessel. The obstruction can result from cerebral thrombosis, a blood clot that develops at the clogged part of the vessel, or cerebral embolism, which forms in another location before breaking loose and traveling through the circulatory system and lodging in an artery too small to allow it to pass.
Prompt diagnosis and treatment of an ischemic stroke are vital to the patient’s outcome. Ischemic stroke is a medical emergency. Patients need referral to an appropriate hospital setting so they can receive clot-busting medications to allow blood and oxygen to reach the brain.
In a hemorrhagic stroke, blood leaks from a ruptured blood vessel and accumulates in the brain, compressing the surrounding tissue. Hemorrhagic strokes often result from a ruptured aneurysm.
This life-threatening condition must be treated quickly with medication and, in some cases, surgery to reduce the risk of rebleed, seizure, brain swelling, herniation and vasospasm (blood vessels spasm and close).
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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or died as a result of a stroke, the New York medical malpractice attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool offer free appointments to discuss your rights. Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
American Stroke Association: www.strokeassociation.org