It’s possible for cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), more commonly known as a stroke, to happen in virtually any medical facility or setting. Because of this, it’s imperative that the staff and medical providers know the signs and symptoms so that they administer treatment quickly.
A timely and proper diagnosis can help reduce the severity of a CVA event and improve patient outcomes. Unfortunately, this is also a commonly misdiagnosed condition or one where a delayed diagnosis is an issue.
Diagnosis-related issues for CVA events
The most common issue of medical malpractice and stroke events involves a problem with the diagnosis. This could be a failure to diagnose, a delayed diagnosis or an incorrect diagnosis. This is caused by healthcare workers not identifying or noticing the relevant symptoms of the condition or even a delay (or failure) in ordering the necessary testing. In some situations, the issue can arise if the diagnostic studies are misinterpreted.
You may also have a medical malpractice claim if there was a failure or delay in seeking a referral or consult in the case. This happens when a diagnosing doctor doesn’t believe the symptoms indicate CVA.
Other situations that may result in a medical malpractice claim for a stroke
There are other situations when you may have a viable claim for stroke-related medical malpractice. One is improper management of the treatment plan, improper medication management or communication gaps.
If you or someone in your family experienced one of the situations above related to a stroke diagnosis (or lack of diagnosis), you might be able to file a medical malpractice claim and recover compensation for your losses. Knowing your legal rights is a must in these situations.