Blood Thinning Complications • Anesthesia Mistakes • Surgical Errors
A stroke is caused by a disruption in the blood flow to the brain. The two most common types of strokes are ischemic strokes, which result when the blood flow to the brain is blocked by a blood clot, and hemorrhagic strokes, which result from a burst blood vessel in the brain. On many occasions, these major strokes are preceded by a small stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Some of the key symptoms of a TIA include transient slurred speech, transient weakness in the face or extremities, brief episodes of confusion, or transient visual disturbances. Early recognition and treatment of a small stroke or TIA can prevent a major stroke.
When physicians fail to recognize and treat the symptoms of a TIA, and the patient suffers a devastating stroke they may have committed medical malpractice. At Cirignani Heller & Harman LLP, we have more than twenty years of experience holding doctors and nurses accountable for their negligent acts. We prepare compelling cases and devote significant resources to establishing fault. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago stroke complication lawyers.
In-Depth Medical Malpractice Background
Our Chicago stroke complication attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of medicine because our law firm includes two licensed doctors, as well as a certified respiratory therapist. This unique background provides us with the ability to carefully evaluate cases in-house, determining if doctors or nurses failed to take the appropriate measures to diagnose and/or treat clients having a stroke.
It goes without saying that the effects of a stroke can be utterly devastating:
- Impaired speech
- Loss of the use of extremities
- Cognitive impairment
- Increased risk for successive strokes
However, medical malpractice in this area is not just confined to the failure to diagnose a stroke. It also encompasses the failure to properly treat or prevent a stroke. For example, Coumadin, a blood thinning agent used by physicians to prevent blood clots, can actually result in severe brain hemorrhaging if improperly administered to a hemorrhagic stroke victim. Conversely, a patient may suffer an ischemic stroke if a physician fails to prescribe Coumadin or a similar medication to prevent blood clots from forming in certain situations.
The Consequences of Overlooking a Stroke
Integrity • Compassion • Tenacity
Whether you had a stroke due to complications during surgery or an inadequate amount of blood thinning medication, we will carefully review your case. Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate whether the doctors or nurses broke any medical rules. We are prepared to hold medical professionals accountable for their negligence. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Infographic: Know How To Identify a Stroke