The failure to timely and properly diagnose a stroke and administer appropriate care may result in serious, lasting harm, such as brain damage, seizures, paralysis and even death.There are two kinds of stroke:ischemic and hemorrhagic.

Ischemic stroke is when an artery to the brain becomes blocked and unable to supply circulation of blood and oxygen to the brain, usually developing as blood clots.

Hemorrhagic stroke (or brain bleed) is caused by a blood vessel bursting and bleeds into the brain.

As in most medical emergencies, time is of the essence and if treatment is administered within the first few hours of a stroke, the effects can be reversed (from an ischemic stroke).


·Approximately 80-90% ofstrokes are ischemic

·Strokes are one of the leading causes of death

·On average, about 140,000 deaths result from a stroke

·Strokes are a major cause of paralysis and brain damage


The causes of stroke will depend on the type (ischemic or hemorrhagic) stroke:

There are two types of Ischemic Strokes:

·A blood clot that forms in one of the arteries (thrombus), often caused by atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaque in the artery) is known as a thrombotic stroke.

·Aclot that becomes lodged in an artery preventing circulation of blood and oxygen to the brain is known as an embolic stroke.

There are two types of Hemorrhagic Strokes:

·Intracerebral Hemorrhages are when a blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the surrounding brain tissue, often the cause of unregulated/uncontrolled high blood pressure.

·Subarachnoid Hemorrhages occur when an artery in or near the surface of the brain bleeds into the space between the brain and the skull, often caused by an aneurysm that has ruptured.

Signs and Symptoms

·Vision impairment, such as blurred or loss of sight

·Severe headache

·High blood pressure

·Paralysis or numbing of one side of the body or face

·Sensation of fainting or lightheadedness

·Motor skills impaired, such as imbalance or lack of coordination in walking

·Difficulty speaking and/or slurred speech

Risk factors in susceptibility of incurring a stroke may include, but are not limited to, a family history of strokes, mini-strokes (TIA – Transient Ischemic Attack), heart attack or other cardiovascular disease; age; variations in lifestyle or health, such as smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, weight; hormone therapies including estrogen and replacement therapies.

Failure to Diagnose Stroke – Lawsuit

If you feel there was a failure to diagnose your stroke or that of a loved one, you should be aware the law has a time limitation to bring a claim after an injury has occurred. Upon successful settlement of your claim or judgment through the court, your compensation for failure to diagnose a stroke may include payment for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and emotional stress and any other costs/damages.While not all cases of a failure to diagnose a stroke are a result of negligence, consulting with an experienced attorney will help you determine if your particular claim is a viable one.

Legal Options

If you or a loved one has been affected by a stroke and suffer from a permanent disability due to a doctor or other health care professional’s failure to diagnose or treat an impending or ongoing stroke, then contact the Shelton Law Group at (888) 761-7204 or (502) 409-6460, or visit will work with you to ascertain whether you have a medical malpractice claim resulting from a failure to diagnose or failure to provide appropriate treatment.