Among the nation’s top personal injury law firms, Ross Feller Casey has recovered a remarkable $1 billion for its clients over the last five years alone. The impressive list of courtroom victories includes many multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in cases involving the failure to timely diagnose and treat strokes and strokes that occur after surgery.
Founding partner Robert Ross won an astonishing $44.1 million verdict on behalf of a woman who suffered a brain injury due to a hemorrhagic stroke at a top Philadelphia hospital. The outcome was Pennsylvania's largest medical malpractice verdict that year, The Legal Intelligencer newspaper reported. It remains the largest such verdict seen in the state in years.
Setting us apart from other firms, Ross Feller Casey has a team of leading doctors-lawyers right on staff who help successfully litigate stroke malpractice lawsuits. They carefully review medical records and determine where mistakes were made. Along with a Philadelphia stroke misdiagnosis lawyer, our physicians will support your fight for justice.
In the U.S. each year, about 800,000 people suffer a stroke, with more than 140,000 dying. That makes stroke the third-leading cause of death in America.
On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds – about the time it took you to read to this point.
In simple terms, a stroke is a sudden interruption of blood flow to parts of the brain. Timing in stroke diagnosis is critical because the longer the brain cells are deprived of blood flow, the more damage is done.
There are two types of stroke:
The results of a stroke can run from mild to devastating, and in many cases, it all depends on how quickly the stroke is accurately diagnosed and treatment begins.
Many people do not realize the large percentage of strokes that initially go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Recent national studies suggest that as many as 20 percent – or one in five – of strokes fall into that category, costing valuable time and leading to further harm to the patient that could have been prevented. Often, simple blood tests allow doctors to rule out other conditions and determine that stroke has occurred.
In many cases, missed diagnoses of strokes occur in patients who are sent home from emergency rooms after complaining of headaches and dizziness. Doctors often wrongly attribute those symptoms to benign conditions like inner ear infections or migraines, not a stroke.
Studies have found that 13 percent of people admitted to hospitals with a stroke had visited emergency rooms complaining of headaches and dizziness within the prior month.
It is critical that doctors promptly diagnose a stroke and whether it is a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke the patient has so that proper treatment can be given. Treatment for one type of stroke may not be the proper treatment for the other. And receiving the wrong treatment may be the difference between life and death.
Misdiagnosing a stroke can happen when a doctor fails to identify a patient's stroke and treatment is delayed, fails to determine its type, or diagnoses it as some other medical condition.
Some of the most common conditions that are diagnosed in error when a patient is actually suffering a stroke include the following:
Migraine – Migraines are severe headaches typically occurring on one side of the head. Vision issues often occur with migraines and can also be a stroke symptom, which increases the chances of a misdiagnosis.
Hypoglycemia – Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can mimic the symptoms of a stroke. While it’s a simple condition to rule out, it has been mistakenly diagnosed instead of stroke.
Seizure Disorder – Post-seizure symptoms can be similar to stroke symptoms. As a result, doctors may misdiagnose a stroke as a seizure-related disorder.
Ear Infection – Ear infections can cause dizziness, balance issues, and headache – all stroke symptoms as well.
Intoxication – A person with a stroke may appear intoxicated with alcohol or drugs. Stumbling, difficulty speaking, and inability to walk straight can be attributed to intoxication and stroke.
Suppose you or a loved one suffered a stroke in Pennsylvania and believe doctors caused the condition due to surgical malpractice, the failure to timely diagnose stroke, or the failure to diagnose it at all. In that case, your case may be considered stroke medical malpractice.
Philadelphia stroke malpractice lawyers at Ross Feller Casey are here to help. We have helped many families affected by a misdiagnosed stroke and are here to help yours, too.
You should contact one of Ross Feller Casey’s experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia immediately for a free consultation. Ross Feller Casey handles all its cases, including stroke malpractice lawsuits, on a contingency basis. That means you won’t be charged until a financial recovery is made in your case.