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Woman Claims Failure to Diagnose Led to Stroke
Most people in Massachusetts have likely seen a public service announcement intended to educate the general public about the symptoms of a stroke. Because of the potential seriousness of a stroke, it is important to receive treatment quickly. However, one out-of-state woman claims that she sought treatment for stroke symptoms, but the doctor’s failure to diagnose her blood clot ultimately led to a stroke.
Court papers indicate that the woman initially sought treatment in Aug. 2012. At that time, she says she was suffering from stroke-like symptoms. Although doctors performed a series of tests, including an MRI and CT scan, she alleges that they failed to notice a large blood clot in her carotid artery. Instead, they changed her medication and sent her home.
Three days later, she returned to the hospital and was admitted. It was determined that she had suffered a stroke, but a blood clot was allegedly overlooked. Several days later, her husband discovered her unconscious. She claims she suffered from an acute ischemic stroke as a result of the overlooked blood clot. In a recently filed lawsuit, the woman and her husband are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
While most medical workers are well-trained professionals, even a tiny detail that is overlooked can have a significant impact on a person’s life. Many people who have been a victim of a doctor’s failure to diagnose have faced a lifetime filled with the need for expensive medical treatment. Some in Massachusetts who have suffered similarly have chosen a similar course of action as the plaintiffs in this case. A successfully presented case could not only result in an award of damages but also protect future patients from suffering in the same manner.
Source: louisianarecord.com, “Woman sues for malpractice after leg clot misdiagnosed“, Andrey Burin, May 29, 2015
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