Hemorrhagic Stroke Negligence Attorneys in Atlanta
Our Team Represents Georgia Victims of Medical Malpractice
Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 140,000 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thousands of other people who suffer a stroke are left with permanent, life-altering disabilities.
Fortunately, new diagnostic tools, like medical imaging technology, make early detection, treatment, and prevention of a stroke possible. However, doctors often fail to order the right diagnostic tests to detect a stroke or misread the symptoms of a stroke. When a person suffers a stroke, immediate action must be taken. Any delay in diagnosis or treatment of a stroke increases the risk of permanent injury and death.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury from a stroke due to misdiagnosis or delayed treatment, you need to contact an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorney. Grant Law Office has been representing Georgia patients and their families for over three decades, and we will put that wealth of experience behind your claim. Call (404) 995-3955 or (866) 249-5513 for a free case evaluation.
What Is a Hemorrhagic Stroke?
There are two main categories of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes occur when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or begins to leak, causing bleeding inside or around the brain. This bleeding creates swelling and pressure, and can damage the tissue and cells of the brain.
Of the two, hemorrhagic stroke is far less common, accounting for 15% of all strokes. However, hemorrhagic strokes account for 40% of all deaths from stroke.
Symptoms of Hemorrhagic Stroke
Doctors and other medical professionals should be well aware of the symptoms of a stroke and respond accordingly. If you or a loved one begins experiencing any of the following symptoms, go to an emergency room:
- Severe headache
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of coordination and motor skills
- Tingling or numbness
- Change in cognitive ability and alertness
- Vomiting and nausea
- Changes in vision
Treatment for Hemorrhagic Strokes
The most common treatment for hemorrhagic stroke is lowering the patient’s blood pressure with medication. Other medications may also be used to bring down the swelling, minimize the bleeding, and reduce headaches. If medication doesn’t work, doctors will have to perform surgery in an attempt to repair the blood vessels and stop the bleeding. As with any surgery involving the brain, surgeons must exercise great care when operating so they do not cause worse harm to the patient.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Georgia
Medical malpractice claims involving strokes can be divided into two categories: strokes that were directly caused by negligence; and strokes that could have been prevented if proper medical care had been provided in time. Consider the following scenarios that would be considered medical malpractice involving strokes:
- Failure to order or conduct tests that would recognize the pre-stroke conditions, such as an aneurysm (a bulge in a blood vessel) or a blood clot.
- Misdiagnosing the stroke as another medical condition, and not treating the patient for a stroke.
- Failure to diagnose a stroke.
- Delayed diagnosis of a stroke, which leads to delayed treatment.
- Failure to provide anti-coagulation treatment to patients who have indicators of a preventable stroke.
- Mistakes while performing an unrelated surgery on the patient that cause abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension), which leads to stroke.
If you or a loved one received negligent medical care for a stroke in Atlanta, and that stroke resulted in injury or death, you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. To get the compensation and justice you and your family deserves, call Grant Law Office for a free consultation at (404) 995-3955 or toll-free (866) 249-5513. Our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning we require no upfront fees to take your case. You do not owe us until we recover compensation for you.