Why Early Diagnosis is Important to New York Stroke Victims

A stroke is a scary and potentially life changing or fatal condition. However, an early diagnosis of a stroke can make a significant difference in the long term outcome for the stroke victim.

The Basics of a Stroke Diagnosis

Typically, if you have any symptoms of a stroke then medical staff should immediately begin an examination to determine if you are having a stroke. In order to make a diagnosis, doctors, nurses, and medical technicians may:
  • Conduct a neurological exam to determine if you are experiencing any brain related deficits such as issues with:
    • Cognitive function.
    • Speech.
    • Gross motor activities.
    • Vision.
    • Sensation.
  • Perform an MRI.
  • Perform a CT Scan. A CT Scan can quickly tell if there is a hemorrhagic stroke that involves bleeding in the brain but may take longer to determine if an ischemic stroke has occurred.
  • Perform a spinal tap if a hemorrhagic stroke is suspected but is not confirmed by a CT Scan.
  • Conduct other tests as needed.

Treatment for strokes depends on what type of stroke is diagnosed and how long it takes to get a diagnosis. For ischemic strokes, medications provided within the first few hours after the stroke's onset could be effective at minimizing any potential damage. Hemorrhagic strokes often require surgery, which is best performed as soon as possible.

When to Contact a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you or a loved one sought medical attention for a stroke, failed to have your stroke diagnosed within a reasonable amount of time, and suffered a physical injury as a result of that failure to diagnose a stroke, you may be entitled to damages.

To learn more about your rights, please call an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer at The Pagan Law Firm today. We can be reached at 1-800-PAGAN-911 and we will do our best to help you, and your family, recover fair and equitable damages.