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Stroke

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 150,000 people and causing severe disability to several hundred thousand more every year. Medical imaging technology and other diagnostic tools have made it possible for early detection and treatment to help prevent stroke. However, in many cases a stroke gets misdiagnosed or is diagnosed too late. If you or a loved one has been a victim of stroke that you think should have been prevented, you may be able to receive compensation in a stroke malpractice lawsuit.

An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, accounting for approximately 80 percent of cases. These occur when a blockage develops in an artery that supplies blood and oxygen to the brain. Most of these types of stroke are caused by blood clots. Blood clots can develop for many different reasons. People who have recently had any type of invasive surgery are at risk of developing blood clots. They are also a hereditary condition. Several other risk factors exist that should alert an emergency room physician that a stroke should be suspected. In either case, blood clots can be avoided with proper diagnosis and medication. When an ischemic stroke occurs, time is of the essence. If a blood clot is not treated right away, anoxic brain injury can take place, which can then lead to irreversible mental, physical, emotional, or behavioral disability. An ischemic stroke can be treated if it is diagnosed properly. However, if hours are allowed to pass before treatment is administered, the likelihood of brain damage occurring is raised significantly.

Hemorrhagic stroke is the other type of stroke, occurring when a blood vessel breaks, causing bleeding in the brain. The effective treatment of this type of stroke is very different than the treatment for ischemic stroke. Diagnosing and treating the wrong type of stroke can lead to further injury.

We can divide medical malpractice cases involving strokes into two categories: those that could have been prevented if the proper care had been provided and those that were directly caused by negligence. Some specific examples of the types of scenarios we can address include:

  • Failure to diagnose the possibility of a stroke by conducting proper tests to recognize blockage by blood clots;
  • Misdiagnosis of stroke as another medical condition and subsequent failure to properly treat;
  • Failure to provide anti-coagulation treatment to people with atrial fibrillation or similar indicators of preventable strokes;
  • Mistreatment during surgery leading to hypotension, which then leads to a stroke; and
  • Failure to timely provide TPA to a patient suffering from a stroke.

By bringing in top-notch experts in the appropriate fields of medicine, our lawyers are able to put together strong cases. These cases are designed specifically to get you the positive results you need.

Ohio stroke malpractice attorney Steve O’Keefe has been helping victims recover compensation in stroke malpractice cases for years. His commitment to highly personal attention and his ability to listen to his clients’ needs have enabled him to provide superior legal representation to many injured stroke victims in Ohio. Mr. O’Keefe will employ a team of medical experts to review your case, ensuring that no detail is overlooked.

Our Ohio stroke lawyers know that stroke is a common and potentially life-threatening occurrence for patients of all ages. Sometimes a stroke occurs without warning, but often there are warning signs or symptoms, such as headache, neck pain, weakness, or vision changes ahead of time. Some patients even have transient ischemic attacks, sometimes known as TIAs or mini-strokes, that may be recognized in time to prevent permanent injury or death. When stroke occurs, prompt medical treatment, such as TPA or other medications, or surgical interventions, may be able to minimize or prevent damage. Unfortunately, in some instances, medical providers fail to identify and treat strokes when they should. The damage caused by a stroke can be devastating. Mr. O’Keefe has the skills and experience needed to help prove negligence so that you can recover the compensation you deserve.