Maryland Stroke Misdiagnosis Lawyer

Strokes kill approximately 150,000 people and cause severe disability to more over 400,000 Americans. Today, we have the technology and medical knowledge to catch many strokes before it is too late.  

Doctors frequently bungle these case by failing to rule out a stroke or heart attack.    If you or a loved on suffered a stroke you believe could have been prevented in the absence of medical malpractice, you might be entitled to compensation in a stroke malpractice lawsuit. Call our lawyers today at Call 800-553-8082 or click or get a no-obligation case strategy session to learn about your options.

Understanding TIAs  In transient ischemic attack (TIA), the victim typically displays stroke-like symptoms for anywhere from a few minutes to hours. TIA is often a harbinger to full blown stroke unless some preventative action is taken.

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Usually, TIA is treated by giving the patient antiplatelet or anticoagulation therapy and, ultimately, a complete diagnostic workup to get a handle on what happened and how to best fix the problem? Will the patient eventually get a full blown stroke? It is often impossible to know. 

But as many as one-third of people who have a TIA will have a (reoccurring) stroke within five years. But TIA is an even more powerful indicator of a stroke that that statistic suggests: half of he strokes follow a transient ischemic attack within just two days of a TIA.

A large number of medical malpractice cases arise because doctors miss the signs of TIA. Why? Because the symptoms can come and go. This causes too many negligent physicians to drop their guard.

Sample Verdict and Settlements

Below are sample stroke misdiagnosis verdicts and settlements.  If you are a lawyer or a victim who wants to understand better the settlement value of your stroke misdiagnosis claim, this is information you can use. But a word of caution: you cannot use these malpractice outcomes to figure out the exact or even the approximate value of your case.  They are tools to be used in conjunction with other tools to help you better understand the likely settlement range of your case.  But that is all it can do. 

  • 2015, Pennsylvania: $6,374,997 Verdict: A woman in her mid-60s experiences garbled speech, dizziness, and lightheadedness for around three days. She decides to go to her internist, who says that she is suffering from impacted earwax and treats her by rinsing out her ears. A few days later, the woman experiences stroke-like symptoms again and is diagnosed as having a “mini-stroke.” She is hospitalized and experiences paralysis on the left side of her body. She must undergo physical therapy and will require treatment for the rest of her life. Considering that the woman will now need assistance in all aspects of her lifestyle, she sues her internist for malpractice. She alleges that, had her internist recognized the symptoms of stroke, she would have been able to avoid the second mini-stroke. She further claims that this was a breach of the standard of care, to which the jury agreed.
  • 2015, Ohio: $10,928,188 Verdict: While 26 weeks pregnant, a woman experiences severe abdominal and head pain. She promptly calls her OB/GYN and speaks to an “on call” doctor who advises her that she has a gastrointestinal issue and that hospitalization is not required. The following day, she suffers a stroke, which impairs her speaking, cognitive, and visual abilities. After the stroke, the woman suffered paralysis on her right side with little hope that she would retain feeling. Her injuries prompt her to sue the on-call doctor, claiming that she failed to monitor the patient’s condition and committed malpractice by telling her not to go to the hospital. At trial, the defendant suggests that the woman was not at risk of stroke, so such a result was unforeseeable. Regardless, the jury awards the woman $10,928,188.    
  • 2015, Massachusetts: $2,000,000 Settlement: After presenting to the emergency room with shortness of breath, doctors direct a woman to undergo and X-Ray. During the X-Ray, she falls on the floor with complete loss of feeling in her left extremities. A CT scan is conducted which shows not internal bleeding, prompting physicians to diagnose her as having a seizure. A later scan reveals that she has symptoms of stroke. But the window had passes for the doctors to administer medicine to reduce the effects. The woman suffers from loss of mobility and diminished brain function. She sues and alleges that the doctors’ actions constituted a violation of the standard of care.
  • 2014, Illinois: $2,700,000 Settlement: While looking for oncoming traffic, the patient injures her neck. She presents for a CT scan of her brain and neck. The radiologist fails to recognize that the plaintiff suffered a bilateral vertebral arterial dissection, which is indicative stroke. She receives no further treatment and suffers a subsequent stroke. This results in paralysis of the right arm and several cognitive issues. The woman sues the radiologist, who claims that the dissection was minor and could have been easily missed. Additionally, they claim that there is no proof that treatment would have prevented the second stroke. The parties eventually reach a settlement before trial.
  • 2014, Illinois: $10,000,000 Settlement: Over the course of three days, a diabetic man presented to the emergency room with various symptoms of a stroke. Throughout the course of his ER visits, CT scans reveal calcifications of different arteries, none of which were noted in the man’s file. On the third trip to the ER, doctors are still tentative to diagnose the man with a stroke. However, his condition begins to deteriorate. He loses feeling on the right side of his body and requires intubation. When complications arise, the man eventually becomes a quadriplegic. He sues the treating physicians, alleging that they failed to diagnose the symptoms of the stroke.  Accordingly,  the harm could have been largely avoided.  Although the doctors contend that there was no deviation from the standard of care, the parties reach a settlement of $10,000,000.   
  • 2014, Illinois: $2,700,000 Settlement: While looking for oncoming traffic, the patient injures her neck. She presents for a CT scan of her brain and neck. The radiologist fails to recognize that the plaintiff suffered a bilateral vertebral arterial dissection, which is indicative stroke. She receives no further treatment and suffers a subsequent stroke. This results in paralysis of the right arm and several cognitive issues. The woman sues the radiologist, who claims that the dissection was minor and could have been easily missed. Additionally, they claim that there is no proof that treatment would have prevented the second stroke. The parties eventually reach a settlement before trial.
  • 2011, Maryland: $1,123,000 Verdict: Failure to diagnose impending stroke. 

Most Common Stroke Malpractice Cases

One leitmotif in stroke malpractice cases involves the administration of tPA, a tissue plasminogen activator that breaks through blood clots. If a patient has all of the signs and symptoms of stroke, tPA can often prevent or limit serious injury. The big risk is a brain bleed. If the doctor blows it - and this often happens - that is one of the less complex medical mistake cases to prove.

Your Maryland Stroke Misdiagnosis Case

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