June 2009 Archives

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that stroke is the third most common cause of death in the United States and accounts for approximately 62.7 billion in health care expenses each year.  Fortunately, in many cases, major strokes are preceded by a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or mini-stroke, which, if timely and properly diagnosed, can allow doctors to start immediate therapy that can protect the patient from a major stroke and potentially devastating brain injury.  The symptoms of TIA typically start suddenly and last for 10 to 20 minutes and may include: 

  • Sudden weakness or paralysis affecting one side of your body
  • Numbness, tingling, or heaviness on one side of your body
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Trouble speaking or finding words
  • Difficulty understanding words
  • Vertigo, dizziness, or a sudden loss of strength in your legs
 
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should immediately consult your physician or go directly to the emergency room.  Recently, the law firm of Dever and Feldstein represented a 55 year-old retired police officer who presented to his primary care doctor with many of the above symptoms.  Our client was examined by a physician assistant employed by the primary care doctor who diagnosed a sinus infection and sent him home with antibiotics.  Five days later, our client suffered a major stroke that caused significant brain damage and left him with permanent neurological deficits.   
Our firm retained three primary care medicine experts and two neurosurgical experts from leading academic medical centers, all of whom reviewed our client's medical records and concluded that the primary care physician and his physician assistant negligently failed to recognize the signs and symptoms of TIA, which directly resulted in our client's significant injuries.  Based upon the strength of our experts' opinions, we were able to obtain a significant seven figure recovery for our client that has provided him with the resources necessary to pay for all of his medical expenses and life care needs.   

If you or a family member or friend suffered a major stroke after earlier symptoms were ignored or misdiagnosed by health care provider, please call our firm as soon as possible for a no-charge consultation.
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