Why New York Young Adults are at Greater Risk of Stroke Misdiagnoses


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10/3/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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A stroke can happen at any time, to any one, at any age. Yet, young people may not have the same advantages when they present at emergency rooms with stroke symptoms.

Research indicates that the sooner a stroke is treated, the better chance the stroke victim has of making a fuller recovery. Yet, research also indicates that younger people have a greater chance of suffering from a stroke misdiagnosis in the emergency room.

In 2009, the Misdiagnosis of Acute Stroke in the Young During Initial Presentation in the Emergency Room Study* found that 14% of the people studied between the ages of 16 and 50 were misdiagnosed. Commonly, emergency room personnel diagnosed them with vertigo, alcohol intoxication, migraines and other conditions.

While treatment within the first hours of a stroke can be critical, many of these young people were turned away and ended up suffering significant problems, including paralysis, because of their misdiagnoses.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in this country and one of the most common causes of long term disabilities. The consequences of a stroke misdiagnosis can be life changing and permanent.
If you or a loved one has had a stroke misdiagnosed and suffered significant injuries as a result, it is important to contact a New York medical malpractice attorney to discuss your case. You may be entitled to damages for the harm that has been done to you.
To speak with an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer, please call 1-800-PAGAN-911 today.

*Source: Young Adult Stroke Patients May be Misdiagnosed in ER, Science Daily, February 20, 2009.

Read More About Stroke Misdiagnoses in our FREE Library Article: Why Early Diagnosis is Important to New York Stroke Victims 

Category: Misdiagnosis / Delayed Diagnosis


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