Minneapolis Failure To Diagnose Stroke Lawyers
When a stroke killed 52-year-old actor Luke Perry in 2019, many people in the medical community were caught off guard. As outlined below, many doctors consider stroke to be exclusively an age-related condition. This condition, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, is also called CVA (cerebrovascular accident). A vessel which transports blood to the brain either ruptures or clots, causing hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain). The resulting brain injury is normally permanent.
In contrast, the diligent Minneapolis failure to diagnose stroke lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman are never caught off guard. Beginning at our initial meeting, we not only prepare for the things we can control, like collecting evidence and putting that evidence together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. We also prepare for the unexpected. This process is a little more time-consuming on the front end. But this approach usually pays significant dividends on the back end. In fact, our unique approach to medical malpractice cases usually produces results that exceed our clients’ expectations.
Stroke Misdiagnosis Issues
Age is, by far, the leading risk factor in stroke cases. 70 percent of all stroke victims are older than 65. Other risk factors include ingestion of oral contraceptives, which doesn’t apply to many 65-year-olds, smoking, diabetes, high red blood count, and prior TIAs (transient ischemic attacks), or mini-strokes.
Language and cultural barriers often come into play as well. Many doctors have a hard time communicating with many patients. For example, many doctors speak fluent Medspeak, but their English skills are limited. Making matters worse, the average doctor only listens to the average patient for about ten seconds. That’s not enough time to learn significant information, especially if items are getting lost in translation.
Because of these issues, rather than running a diagnostic test, many doctors are quick to label a stroke as a seizure, a migraine headache, a brain tumor, or even alcohol intoxication.
An undiagnosed and untreated stroke means the brain hypoxia continues. As a result, the brain injury gets worse.
How Do We Select a Minneapolis Failure To Diagnose Stroke Lawyer?
The lifelong costs of a brain injury can easily be millions of dollars. In addition to medical expenses, these victims usually incur significant physical therapy expenses.
Brain injury physical therapy is quite unlike broken bone or other kinds of physical therapy. These professionals must train uninjured areas of the brain to assume lost functions. This process is long, and progress is uneven.
Compensation is available for these and other damages, but the insurance company does not simply give this money away. Your lawyer must possess certain qualities to take on the insurance company. Some qualities to look for include:
- Experience: Years of experience is important. Law school does not teach students to act like lawyers. Only the school of hard knocks teaches these lessons. But years of experience is not enough. Your lawyer should also have substantial trial experience. You do not want a legal advocate who always looks for the easy way out.
- Law Firm Size: It’s very tempting to work with a very large law firm in these cases. After all, insurance companies have vast resources, and a large law factory can sometimes approach these resources. But the head lawyers in these firms often assign much of the work to junior associates or non-lawyer paralegals. So, the professional who works on your case lacks experience, which is probably the most important quality in a legal advocate.
- Accessibility: The best outcomes in these situations are partnerships. Quite frankly, chronic illness patients have neither the time nor the energy to drive across town so they can meet with their lawyers. In other words, the partnership suffers. So, you need a lawyer who is close to you, or is willing to regularly meet with you in your home, office, or another private location.
In addition to compensation for economic losses, damages in a medical malpractice claim usually include compensation for noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages are often available as well.
Count On a Dedicated Hennepin County Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced failure to diagnose stroke lawyer in Minneapolis, contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman LLC by going online or calling 410-567-0800. Attorneys can connect victims with top-notch doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.