Cleveland Medical Malpractice Claim: Failure to Diagnose a Stroke June 21, 2012.

Failure to diagnose a stroke can lead to severe, disabling, or even fatal consequences. When you believe that a doctor’s negligence was the cause, you should speak with a Cleveland medical malpractice attorney.

It takes a thorough neurological and physical examination to detect a stroke. A CT scan or MRI may be able to pick up brain dysfunction, which is what happens when an individual suffers a stroke.

There are some common signs that may indicate an individual is having a stroke including:

  • facial weakness;
  • slurred speech;
  • inability to speak; and
  • difficulty moving your arms.

There are also risk factors for a stroke that should be recognized such as diabetes, high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, obesity, and atrial fibrillation. These risk factors cannot detect a stroke, but they can be helpful to know when the other signs of a stroke are present.

If a failure to diagnose a stroke leads to serious consequences, you may be able to file a Cleveland medical malpractice claim. It could lead to compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses that have resulted.