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Failure to Diagnose A Stroke – Medical Malpractice?

June 13, 2012

One type of Medical Malpractice litigation involves the failure to diagnose a stroke. Depending upon the facts and circumstances of the case, potential defendants may include the hospital, the emergency room physicians, involved specialists such as neurologists, radiologists, neuroradiologists, diagnostic testing specialists such as MRI technologists, and others. To properly represent the victim, or the victim’s family, the handling attorney should be familiar with the requisite medicine. Medico-legal issues in these cases include causation, failure to properly evaluate, failure to properly treat, failure to recognize an emergent condition, failure to order the appropriate and proper diagnostic tests, failure to appropriately read and interpret the imaging studies, failure to communicate, failure to obtain timely consultations, and failure to properly monitor the patient. The question is whether the failure to diagnose a stroke rises to the level of Medical Malpractice. If the answer is yes, we suggest that you promptly retain competent legal counsel.

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