Attorneys Dedicated to Helping People Who Have Not Been Treated Properly for Stroke
The American Stroke Association tells us how to “Spot a Stroke” F A S T:
- Face drooping
- Arm weakness
- Speech difficulty
- Time to call 911.
A stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention and proper treatment. The typical stroke victim loses 1.9 million brain cells (neurons) each minute in which stroke is untreated. Early detection and treatment greatly improves the chances of survival or a better recovery for stroke victims. One of the main goals of stroke treatment is to prevent the “next stroke” from occurring which can often be much more serious and damaging than the “last stroke.” When a stroke is not timely and properly treated, the result can be catastrophic. Studies show that 90 percent of stroke patients will have some residual disability and only 10 percent will recover completely after a stroke.
Why Prompt Treatment Is Necessary
Having a stroke means that the blood flow in your brain has been interrupted. The longer blood flow is interrupted, the more likely permanent brain damage is to occur. Left untreated, a stroke can cause irreversible brain damage and debilitating physical problems. Rapid treatment can sometimes restore the flow of blood to prevent or minimize any permanent brain damage.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are dedicated to helping people who have not been treated properly for stroke. Our clients include stroke victims themselves and the families of those who did not survive their stroke due to medical malpractice. From our extensive experience in medical malpractice stroke cases, we understand the standard of medical care for identifying and treating strokes and preventing subsequent strokes. We know the symptoms of stroke, the tests that are required to properly diagnose stroke, the medical treatment options available to help stroke victims, the types of permanent injuries stroke victims sustain and the type of rehabilitation therapy required.
Though we understand the requirements of stroke care and we are experienced in these cases, we consistently have stroke specialist medical experts assist us with our stroke cases. These experts often include emergency medicine physicians, stroke neurologists, neuroradiologists, interventional neuroradiologists, vascular neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, and physical and occupational therapists. These stroke experts allow us to fully understand and explain what happened to you and then allow us to maximize the recovery for your losses.
We can help you recover money for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of a normal life and other losses. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid represents medical malpractice victims throughout the Chicagoland area and across the United States.
Two Main Types of Stroke
The most common type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke. These strokes involve blood clots in or near the brain that block the flow of blood to or within the brain. Roughly three-quarters of strokes are of this type. One of the questions your doctor needs to consider is whether you are a candidate for a certain “clot-busting” drug called tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) that is sometimes given within three (maybe four) hours from the start of your stroke symptoms to prevent or minimize brain damage. There are other stroke treatment options that your doctor must consider as well. Your doctors also need to consider your treatment plan to prevent you from having a subsequent, more serious stroke in the future. This plan may include certain antiplatelet (aspirin or Plavix) and/or anticoagulant (Heparin) medications to break down and/or prevent clotting of blood. Further, your doctor must consider all diagnostic tests to help diagnose your stroke and form a proper treatment plan. These diagnostic tests can include a head CT scan, brain MRI, CT angiogram, EKG, ultrasound, blood tests and others.
Hemorrhagic strokes are less common, but more likely to be fatal. This type of stroke happens when a brain aneurysm ruptures and bleeds into the brain tissues. As pressure increases, brain tissue is compressed and can be damaged permanently.
Several symptoms indicate the possibility of a stroke. Warning signs include:
- Numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
- Slurred speech or inability to speak
- Blurred or impaired vision
- Intense headache
- Confusion or difficulty understanding other people
These warning signs should be taken seriously. Call 911 immediately and tell everybody who treats you exactly what time the symptoms started.
Treating a Stroke
The proper treatment depends on many factors, including which type of stroke you are having and when the stroke started. In most cases, time is of the essence with stroke treatment so your medical treatment must be rapid.
Contact Us for Compassionate and Experienced Legal Help
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability. Stroke victims and their families face many challenges in moving forward. If medical malpractice has complicated the situation, you need experienced and dedicated attorneys to help and protect you. When you hire us, you will not pay us any attorney’s fees unless we get results for you. Contact the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid, in Naperville, by calling 630-848-9294.