The obvious response for a person in Illinois who is suffering from worrisome symptoms is to go to see the doctor. This can be either an emergency room or a personal doctor depending on the perceived urgency. When there are certain issues in place, these are usually a sign of what the problem is. Those who are having a stroke or indicating symptoms that a stroke is a potential danger have the right to expect to be treated to avoid a worst case scenario or prevent the stroke entirely. If that treatment is not provided and the patient is harmed by a late diagnosis or a fatal failure to diagnose, it might be the basis for a lawsuit.
With a stroke or symptoms of a stroke, an early diagnosis can make a big difference in the outcome. Strokes can affect people of any age and might lead to loss of mobility, slurred speech, paralysis and even death. There are certain signals that indicate a stroke is happening or might happen in the future. A layman might have a vague notion as to what they are, but a doctor is supposed to be able to recognize them. If he or she does not and the stroke happens, it is an egregious error that should not be allowed to pass without repercussions.
The following are symptoms of a stroke or potential stroke: numbness, weakness, feeling confused, impaired vision, problems walking, headache and feeling dizzy without reason. While these symptoms could be innocuous, it is up to the doctor and medical staff to make that determination and treat the patient accordingly. If they do not and the person suffers a stroke or the stroke is worse than it otherwise would have been, it can lead to massive medical expenses, the need for long-term care and even death.
When there is a belief that a negligent doctor committed medical malpractice by misdiagnosing or failing to react adequately to a patient having a stroke or showing signs of having a stroke, it could be the basis for a legal filing. Speaking to a lawyer who is experienced in pursuing cases based on a delay in diagnosis or failure to diagnose leading to a death can help with pursuing compensation.