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Oct 14, 2021 in News --> Brain Injury & Stroke

Strokes and Medical Malpractice

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Roughly 14,000 Canadians die from stroke every year. In Ontario alone, there is a new stroke event every 30 minutes, amounting to an estimated 25,500 new stroke events annually, according to the Ontario Stroke Network. It is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the province.  

What do strokes have to do with medical malpractice? When a doctor fails to diagnose and treat stroke symptoms in a timely manner, the impacts on the patient can be lifechanging. While very few stroke events lead to viable medical malpractice claims, patients who have experienced serious negative outcomes deserve justice, and an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help.

What Causes a Stroke?

According to the MayoClinic.org, ‘strokes occur when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients.’ Brain cells begin to die within minutes of significantly reduced blood flow, which makes strokes a serious medical emergency. Prompt diagnosis and early treatment are essential to reducing brain damage.

What are the Symptoms of a Stroke?

Strokes manifest in a variety of ways, but common symptoms include:

  • Trouble speaking and understanding what people are saying
  • Numbness or even paralysis in the face, arms, or legs. Often, only one side of your body will be affected
  • Difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Sudden, severe headaches, sometimes accompanied by dizziness or vomiting
  • Difficulty walking, including stumbling, dizziness, loss of balance, and loss of coordination

How is a Stroke Treated?

Once a stroke is diagnosed, prompt treatment is essential to a full recovery. Common stroke treatments include:

  • Drugs that can break up clots, including tPA – recombinant tissue plasminogen activator
  • Endovascular procedures including medications delivered to the brain via catheter and clot removal via stent retriever
  • Surgery
  • A variety of additional treatments depending on the circumstances of the stroke event

When is Medical Malpractice Involved?

Most stroke events are diagnosed and treated in a prompt, professional manner, meaning no malpractice has occurred. Even in cases where diagnosis and treatment are delayed, such as when the stroke carries atypical symptoms, the physicians is unlikely to be liable if their actions were consistent with what would be expected of another doctor in similar circumstances.

That said, there are numerous situations in which a doctor’s failure to diagnose and treat a stroke could lead to a medical malpractice claim. These may include situations where the doctor failed to recognize the seriousness of the patient’s symptoms; failed to perform appropriate examinations; erred in reading test results; and more.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you believe that you or a member of your family has been injured as a result of a doctor’s error or omission, contact Neinstein today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.


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