Pittsburgh Lawyers Representing Victims Of Stroke Misdiagnosis
Along with heart attack and cancer, one of the leading causes of death or disability in the United States is stroke (the medical term is "cerebral vascular accident," or CVA). A stroke occurs when a blood clot or pressure on a blood vessel cuts off circulation to the brain and prevents it from getting oxygen. The severity of the stroke often depends on how much oxygen the brain lost and for how long. The lack of blood supply causes the affected area of the brain to stop working, and people can end up with disability involving their speech, the use of their arms and legs, or their ability to think clearly.
Make no mistake, a stroke is a medical emergency and the key to a good outcome is prompt diagnosis and treatment.
I'm attorney John Gismondi, founder of Gismondi & Associates. We are lawyers who represent people in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania who have suffered strokes due to medical negligence. A powerful lawsuit can provide full and complete compensation for you, and it can also send a strong message that will help to prevent some other person from being injured by a similar mistake or accident.
Were Your Stroke Symptoms Misdiagnosed?
As with a heart attack, an impending stroke often gives off warning signs such as slurred speech or numbness and tingling in some areas of the body. Therefore, doctors have to pay very close attention and act swiftly if any of these warning signs are present. If these signs are discovered within a few hours of onset, many top-level hospitals are prepared to give patients "clot busting" drugs (the medical term is "thrombolytics") to dissolve the clot and restore blood flow to the brain before any permanent damage is done.
One of the main risk factors for stroke is high blood pressure, but strokes can also be caused by improper placement of medical equipment that blocks blood flow to the brain or by certain medications such as oral contraceptives.
A Lawsuit Provides Compensation ... And More
We wish that we could turn back the hands of time and undo what has happened to you or your family. Unfortunately, no lawyer has that power. However, with a successful lawsuit we can reduce the burdens you face by obtaining full and complete compensation for everything that you have experienced as a result of your injury or the death of a family member ... mounting medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and perhaps most importantly, the loss of the relationship and companionship of a loved one.
We will also fight for compensation to cover everything that you may face in the future. Stroke cases often involve long-term needs for things such as future surgeries, specialized equipment, personal attendant care and much more. Our goal is to provide full compensation for all of those needs so that you or your loved one can enjoy the very best quality of life possible and make the most of a difficult situation. After all, that is the least that you are entitled to.
Aside from providing you with full and complete compensation, a lawsuit can do one other very important thing: It can force changes to be made by the doctor or hospital that caused the injury to you or a loved one so that no other person or family has to go through what you have.
Our Experience With Stroke Cases
In the past 30 years, the attorneys at Gismondi & Associates have successfully handled a variety of stroke cases, including:
- A multimillion-dollar award for a schoolteacher in Pittsburgh who suffered a devastating stroke because she was given the wrong drug in the emergency room.
- A large seven-figure recovery for a newly married woman who suffered a devastating stroke and was rendered quadriplegic and unable to speak because warning signs of an impending stroke were ignored.
- An award in excess of $1 million for a Washington County woman who suffered a stroke because she was not given anti-coagulation medication before undergoing a heart operation.
- A six-figure award for a teenager who suffered a stroke at Children's Hospital because a catheter was improperly placed and blocked blood flow to the brain.
Call Us Now | Free Consultation
If you or a loved one suffered a stroke due to the negligence of a medical provider, call us now for a free consultation toll free at 1-888-529-1255. And remember, we always return phone calls. Our law office is in Pittsburgh and our attorneys handle medical malpractice cases throughout Pennsylvania.