When a stroke is missed, a patient can suffer serious injuries

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
August 4, 2023

Having a stroke is something that many Houston residents are familiar with. Many have had a friend or family member who has undergone a stroke and know how serious the consequences can be. But when a stroke victim suffers a misdiagnosis, it can be devastating.
A stroke often causes serious health complications. These can include memory problems, problems with movement, and other issues. A stroke is caused by a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain becomes blocked. Often people believe that older people are the only ones that can have a stroke, but it can happen to younger people as well. But for people under the age of 45, a stroke can often be misdiagnosed. Between 15,000 and 165,000 stroke cases are misdiagnosed each year in the United States. A Johns Hopkins University Study shows that doctors in the emergency room are up to 30% more likely to miss signs of stroke in women and minorities. What’s more, those under the age of 45 also have far greater odds of a failure to recognize the stroke than older people. Symptoms of a stroke, especially in younger people, may include a sudden onset of dizziness, headache or vision loss. More commonly known stroke symptoms are a droopiness in the face, numbness in an arm or difficulty with speech. When a stroke is diagnosed correctly and quickly a person has a good chance of recovery. If a patient believes their stroke was missed by a medical doctor, they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records, consult with medical experts and determine what happened to cause the injury.
Patients who have suffered because of a medical mistake deserve answers as to what happened to them. Compensation may also be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Source: npr.org, “Emergency docs more likely to miss signs of stroke in the young“, Linda Poon, April 5, 2014

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

August 4 2023

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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