What are the Symptoms of Stroke?

Acronym FAST is used to inform stroke vicitms about what to do.

Stroke is a medical emergency that needs immediate treatment.

Some stroke symptoms are more well-known than others.  The acronym F-A-S-T, which stands for Face, Arms, Speech, and Time, are a well-publicized public service message intended to help members of the public and medical community identify the signs and symptoms of stroke.  But not all stroke symptoms appear this way.

Stroke symptoms depend on what part of the brain is damaged. In some cases, a person may not know that he or she has had a stroke. Symptoms usually develop suddenly and without warning, but sometimes occur on and off for the first day or two. Symptoms are usually most severe when the stroke first happens, but they may slowly get worse.

A headache may occur, especially if the stroke is caused by bleeding in the brain (known as a hemorrhagic stroke). The headache:

  • starts suddenly and may be severe
  • occurs when you are lying flat
  • wakes you up from sleep
  • gets worse when you change positions or when you bend, strain or cough

Other symptoms depend on how severe the stroke is and what part of the brain is affected and may include:

  • change in alertness (including sleepiness, unconsciousness and coma)
  • changes in hearing
  • changes in taste
  • changes that affect touch and the ability to feel pain, pressure or different temperatures
  • clumsiness
  • confusion or loss of memory
  • difficulty swallowing
  • difficulty writing or reading
  • dizziness or abnormal feeling of movement (vertigo)
  • lack of control over the bladder or bowels
  • loss of balance
  • loss of coordination
  • muscle weakness in the face, arm or leg (usually just on one side)
  • numbness or tingling on one side of the body
  • personality, mood or emotional changes
  • problems with eyesight, including decreased vision, double vision or total loss of vision
  • trouble speaking or understanding others who are speaking
  • trouble walking

Whatever the symptoms, it is the job of hospitals and medical providers to identify the signs of a stroke in order to provide immediate medical diagnosis and treatment. Any delay in diagnosing or treating a stroke can cause brain tissue and cells to die.

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I am a trial attorney who takes on hospitals and other medical corporations when they choose to put their own profits ahead of their patient’s safety. My practice is focused on medical negligence and wrongful death, primarily delayed diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks and strokes, as well as birth injuries. . . keep reading

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Just as people need specialized medical care for certain medical conditions, people who have suffered unique forms of medical malpractice need legal representation from lawyers with specific knowledge about their medical condition and injury.

Stroke malpractice is a unique kind of medical malpractice.  In order to get the best advice and the highest recovery for a stroke malpractice case, you will need a trial lawyer with expertise in the legal and medical issues concerning stroke.  These medical and legal issues include the proper prevention of stroke, diagnosis of stroke, treatment of stroke, and post-stroke care.

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These include cases where patients have been misdiagnosed, mismanaged, or mistreated by medical corporations and hospitals.

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What Can We Do to Change Hospital or Doctor Conduct?

Hospitals and even private physician companies are corporations: they speak the language of money.  Corporations, even non-profit corporations, are not real people; they do not have hearts, minds, souls.

In our experience, holding a medical corporation responsible and accountable for carelessly injuring patients through a money verdict at trial, or a settlement motivated by their fear of trial, is the best way to make sure there is change.

A well-fought lawsuit can help prevent other people from being injured in the same way.

What Damages are Available?

Money damages available in a stroke lawsuit can involve economic costs (medical bills, etc.), emotional harms like pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and, if the injuries cause death, the mental anguish and loss of family members for wrongful death.

Many states allow for punitive damages when a medical corporation consciously disregards a patient’s rights and safety with a great probability of causing substantial harm. They are awarded in exceptional cases.

We’ve proven punitive damages at trial, including a $3,000,000 verdict for punitive damages against one of the largest medical companies in America.

Punitive damages are intended to punish, deter the defendant from doing the same thing in the future, and reform the nursing home industry.

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