A stroke is a major medical emergency that requires immediate care and treatment to prevent long-term damage or wrongful death. A stroke occurs when there is a decreased flow of blood to the brain which creates a deprivation of oxygen. This deprivation of oxygen causes damage to brain tissue which is usually irreversible. The longer that the brain suffers an oxygen deprivation, the more damage that occurs. This is why it is imperative for healthcare providers to timely and quickly treat a patient who is suffering a stroke or who may be suffering a stroke. When healthcare providers fail to quickly treat a patient suffering from a stroke, patients and their families should call our Oregon undiagnosed stroke lawyers to learn what rights to compensation the may have.
Patients and their families may be entitled to a broad range of damages. These damages are compensatory in nature, meaning that patients and their families may be entitled to money for some of the following:
Types of Strokes
There are two different types of strokes which could be misdiagnosed due to Oregon medical malpractice. The first time of stroke is an ischemic stroke, which is when there is a blockage which prevents blood flow to the brain. This in turn prevents rich, oxygenated blood to the brain which causes an oxygen deprivation. Usually this is due to plaque which is an unsafe buildup of a sticky material in blood vessels.
The second type of strike is a hemorrhagic stroke, which is when a blood vessel supplying the brain or in the brain ruptures or is torn. Not only does this result in a deprivation of oxygen in the brain, but it also results in an increased pressure on the brain due to the increase in blood which can cause damage. Many hemorrhagic strokes result in a quick death, but some smaller ruptures will give healthcare providers a chance to stop the bleed and save the patient.
Common Causes for Undiagnosed Stroke Cases
There are many reasons why a stroke could be misdiagnosed due to Oregon medical malpractice. While most people know that a stroke is a major medical emergency, even people without a medical degree, far too many healthcare providers fail to property care for patients who may be suffering from a stroke. In fact, provider inexperience and poor training are common causes of misdiagnosed strokes. It is unfortunate that too many providers fail to properly protect patients who may be suffering from a stroke.
The most common causes why patients suffer from an Oregon undiagnosed stroke include the following:
Wrongful Death from Oregon Undiagnosed Stroke Cases
When healthcare providers fail to timely and accurately diagnose and immediately treat a stroke, it could result in the wrongful death of a patient. Under Oregon law, certain family members and dependents may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of a patient due to Oregon medical malpractice. Generally, spouses, children, parents, and other dependents may be entitled to compensation.
This compensation includes the pain and suffering of the loved one, loss of future earnings, loss of dependency/services, society of the loved one, funeral expenses and burial costs, medical expenses, and in rare instances punitive damages to punish egregiously negligent healthcare providers.
Wrongful death cases are more difficult to prove, especially for undiagnosed strokes. This is why victims and their families need to consult with Oregon undiagnosed stroke lawyers to ensure that their rights to compensation are protected and that they obtain the compensation they deserve.
Bend/Portland, Oregon Undiagnosed Stroke Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.