Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States.  While these are frightening facts, many strokes can be prevented.  The damage caused by a stroke can also be minimized when it is detected early.  The more time that lapses from the onset of the stroke to treatment, the worse the prognosis is for the patient.

Why Strokes Are Sometimes Misdiagnosed
The symptoms of a stroke mimic other, less serious conditions.  For example, blurred vision and trouble walking may be attributed to an inner ear disorder.  Numbness of the face or body may be explained as alcohol intoxication.  When stroke is misdiagnosed, it increases the patient’s likelihood of suffering permanent damage.

Stroke Complications
According to, the list of complications associated with strokes is pretty long.  These complications are life changing and include:
  • Paralysis or loss of muscle movement
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty talking
  • Memory trouble
  • Impaired reasoning skills
  • Trouble understanding concepts
  • Loss of feeling or numbness
  • Pain
  • Death

Of course, a misdiagnosed stroke only increases the risk of suffering one of these terrible complications.

Do You Need a Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney?
In some cases, a stroke misdiagnosis is considered medical malpractice in Virginia.  However, be aware that these cases are not easy to win. You can learn more by ordering the book, Why Most Medical Malpractice Victims Never Recover a Dime.The book is free for Virginia residents.

For additional information about strokes, read our article, Misdiagnosed Stroke: The Silent Killer.
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