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What can I do if my stroke was misdiagnosed by a Virginia doctor?

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2011 | Medical Malpractice

Imagine that you’re feeling a little dizzy. You think you might have food poisoning, but then your arm goes numb. Your vision is a little blurry, and your head starts to hurt. As you grow increasingly faint, a friend suggests you go to the emergency room-where you are told you are having a migraine and sent home with a prescription.But it turns out your doctor was wrong. Because you are under the age of 50, he didn’t even consider your symptoms to be warning signs of a stroke-and now you may suffer permanently for his mistake. 

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A recent study found that many stroke victims are misdiagnosed by physicians in Virginia, making it much more likely that they will suffer lifelong injuries as a result.A stroke is an interruption of blood flow to the brain that causes the brain to lose oxygen. If not treated quickly, brain cells begin to die-resulting in a number of life-altering injuries, including:

  • Impaired movement
  • Loss of speech function
  • Cognitive and memory problems
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Death

If you or someone you love was misdiagnosed when having a stroke, an experienced Fairfax medical malpractice attorney can help you get the justice you deserve. Call Shevlin Smith today at 703-721-4233 to start your free consultation.