Can I Sue a Hospital for a Stroke Misdiagnosis? By Zucker & Regev, P.C. on March 22, 2023

patient in a hospital bed talking to a man with a laptop computerIf you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a stroke, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital or the medical professionals involved in your care. The misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition can result in serious injuries or even death.

At Zucker & Regev, P.C. in Brooklyn, NY, our attorneys can review your case and determine if you have a medical malpractice case. Here, we discuss when patients can sue a hospital for a stroke misdiagnosis.

Signs of a Stroke Misdiagnosis

Delayed Diagnosis

If a stroke isn't diagnosed in a timely manner, the patient may not receive appropriate treatment quickly enough, which can lead to long-term damage or even death.

Lack of Appropriate Treatment

If a stroke is misdiagnosed, the patient may not receive the appropriate treatment, such as clot-reducing medication or surgery, leading to more severe or permanent damage.

Misdiagnosis as Another Condition

A stroke can sometimes be misdiagnosed as another condition, such as migraines, vertigo, or a seizure disorder.

Failure to Recognize Symptoms

If a medical professional fails to recognize the classic symptoms of a stroke, such as sudden weakness, slurred speech, or vision changes, they may not suspect a stroke and may not order the appropriate diagnostic tests.

Misinterpretation of Diagnostic Tests

If diagnostic tests, such as brain scans, are misread or misinterpreted, a stroke may be missed or misdiagnosed.

Can a Hospital Be Liable for a Stroke Misdiagnosis?

A hospital can be held liable for a stroke misdiagnosis if the misdiagnosis was a result of negligence or malpractice on the part of the hospital or its staff. Hospitals have a duty of care to their patients to provide competent and timely medical care. If a hospital fails to provide the appropriate standard of care, such as misdiagnosing a stroke, and the patient suffers harm as a result, the hospital can be held liable for medical malpractice.

Our attorneys in Brooklyn can review your case, and may file a lawsuit against multiple parties, including the hospital and doctors involved in your care.

Showing Proof of a Stroke Misdiagnosis

To successfully sue for a stroke misdiagnosis, we would need to show that:

  • The hospital or medical professionals in question had a duty of care to you or your loved one
  • They breached that duty of care by failing to provide the appropriate standard of care, such as by misdiagnosing or delaying the diagnosis of a stroke
  • You or your loved one suffered harm as a result of that breach, such as by experiencing additional health complications, disability, or even death
  • The harm suffered was directly caused by the hospital or medical professionals' actions or inactions.

Contact Our Law Firm

If you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of a stroke misdiagnosis, it's important to seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases. They can help you determine whether the hospital or its staff were negligent and whether you have a viable claim for medical malpractice.

Contact Zucker & Regev, P.C. in Brooklyn to schedule a time for our attorneys to review your case. You can call us at (718) 624-1211 or reach us online.

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