Were you treated by a negligent doctor?
Strokes are very serious medical conditions that require immediate attention. A stroke may have long-term effects on a person, including loss of motor skills, speech, and the experience can sometimes lead to death. A stroke occurs when blood flow and glucose supply is stopped from traveling to the brain, causing brain cells to die. This is most often caused by blockage of an artery leading to the brain or by a rupture of an artery, known as a hemorrhage, near or on the brain.
Because strokes are considered medical emergencies and require quick response to be able to effectively treat and diagnose the problem, there are a few ways that you can check to see if a family member or loved one may be experiencing a stroke. Strokes do not always have outward symptoms but by following these simple tests, you may be able to save a life:
- Ask the person to smile. If one side of the face is not responding, it may be a sign of a stroke.
- Ask the person to raise their hands above their head with their eyes closed. During strokes, it may not be possible for individuals to raise their hands all the way over their head or one arm may be weaker than the other.
- Lastly, ask them to repeat a simple sentence so that you can check for slurred speech. Anything will work, such as asking them to say their name and your name or a line from a song or movie.
If any of these signs of a stroke are detected in a person, then you need to help them receive medical attention immediately! It may be a matter of life or death.
Legal Representation from Our Baltimore Medical Malpractice Attorney
As with any brain injury, strokes need to be dealt with urgently. When you detect that someone may have had a stroke and you take them to a hospital or medical care provider, you expect them to receive the attention that they need. If a doctor acts negligently and fails to diagnose the condition, run tests, or treat the stroke, then patients may suffer needlessly. If you feel that your family member or you suffered ill and long-term effects because of a stroke that was not properly treated, then you deserve compensation. The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, LLC can help. Contact our team today to speak with an Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers and to schedule a free case evaluation immediately!