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Failure to Diagnose a Stroke and Medical Malpractice in Chicago, Illinois

Written by: admin| Nov 30, 2017 | 0 Comment

According to statistics, stroke is the number 1 cause of disability in America. Caused by the blockage of blood flow in vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the brain, this condition affects at least 3 million of us, who live with the after-effects of this condition on a day-to-day basis.



Are you looking for a medical malpractice attorney in Chicago, Illinois? Please give us a call today on 312-220-7000 and benefit from our decades’ worth of experience trying these cases. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we won’t charge you a penny until we win your case for you.


Strokes are caused by untreated and long-standing high blood pressure. They can either be hemorrhagic, which happens when a blood vessel bursts within the brain, or ischemic, which happens due to brain tissue losing access to oxygen, causing tissue death.


Most of the time, a stroke is preceded by a TIA, or transient ischemic attack. Up to a third of people who experience a mini stroke or TIA go on to suffer a stroke later on in their lives. A stroke is a medical emergency which must be treated immediately to preserve brain function and possibly save a life.


Here are some of the signs and symptoms of a stroke:


1.       Blurred or double vision

2.       Slurred speech

3.       Confusion

4.       Dizziness

5.       Paralysis of a limb or face which tends to affect only one side of the body

6.       Fainting

7.       A sudden, chronic headache


Doctors are bound by medical ethics via the Hippocratic Oath to diagnose a stroke and pre-empt it by remedying conditions such as high blood pressure as well as providing patients with cholesterol and blood thinning drugs. In addition, they ought to treat individuals who are in the throes of a stroke promptly before any or further damage is done, failure to which they can be liable under medical malpractice in Chicago.


If you or a loved one suffered a stroke due to medical negligence at a Chicago hospital, you may be able to sue for negligence. Please contact our attorney today on 312-220-7000 for more information. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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