Hemorrhagic Stroke Malpractice
Have You Unduly Suffered Because of a Misdiagnosis?
A stroke usually occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is cut or reduced. There are usually two forms of stroke, ischemic (associated with clotting) and hemorrhagic. While rare, hemorrhagic strokes can be very dangerous. This form of stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or bursts. The internal bleeding means that less blood is actually reaching vital parts of the body, especially the brain. During hemorrhagic strokes, the excessive bleeding causes pressure on the brain tissue, which can lead to damage. This is a rare condition that only happens to 13% of stroke victims, according to the American Heart Association. Given the severity of the stroke, it is imperative that doctors work quickly and skillfully. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
If you or a loved one has suffered extensive injuries or harm because you were improperly treated for a hemorrhagic stroke, contact our Chicago medical malpractice attorney! Our legal team has the experience and results to fight for you.
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Symptoms and Causes of a Hemorrhagic Stroke
The symptoms of a hemorrhagic stroke can differ depending on where the bleeding is located. The effects also change given the length of time and duration. Common symptoms are:
- Change in cognitive ability and alertness
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of motor skills and coordination
- Vomiting and nausea
- Changes in vision
- Numbness or tingling
If a patient displays any of these symptoms, a doctor should act quickly. Because the hemorrhagic stroke usually occurs in the brain, it can affect vital skills and abilities that may be lost if left untreated. Although there are many factors that can lead to the stroke, there are two main culprits.
The two main causes associated with hemorrhagic strokes are:
- Aneurysms – This occurs when weakened blood vessels balloon and rupture.
- Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) – This is when a cluster of abnormally shaped blood vessels forms. One can burst, leading to cerebral bleeding.
Treatments for Hemorrhagic Strokes
If an individual suffers a hemorrhagic stroke, doctors must act immediately. The most common way to treat the internal bleeding is to lower a patient’s blood pressure. Usually the patient is given drugs to help control the swelling, reduce headaches, and minimize the bleeding. The amount and prescription must be carefully administered because the brain tissue is sensitive, and if oxygen is cut off for long, it can cause lasting damage.
When medication do not work, doctors perform surgery. The type of surgery depends on the cause and form of the hemorrhagic stroke. Surgeons try to repair blood vessels and stem the bleeding. However, like with any inpatient procedures, surgery can be dangerous. If not performed properly with the appropriate care and precision, the patient can be injured for life.
Do not Suffer in Silence. Contact Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. today.
At Power Roger & Smith, P.C., we understand how traumatic a stroke can be, especially one as rare as the hemorrhagic stroke. Patients entrust doctors with their lives, expecting proper care and treatment. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. If you or a loved one has sustained lasting injury because a physician improperly diagnosed, treated, or overlooked a hemorrhagic stroke, call our firm today. Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys have the experience and knowledge to fight on your behalf. We do not take cases like these lightly. When you hire us, you can trust that you are in good hands. Because of this, you do not pay unless we win!