Failure to Diagnose or Treat Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on May 23, 2013
Any disruption of blood flow needs to be taken very seriously. When medical professionals assess clots or other problems related to blood circulation, they can implement treatments that prevent health problems down the road. This approach to medical treatment is both curative and preventative in that regard.
And yet some medical professionals fail to diagnose serious medical problems, which is why our medical malpractice attorneys in Utah are here to help. Let's take a moment to look at transient ischemic attacks (TIA) and why they need to be taken seriously.
About Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Transient ischemic attack (TIA) involves a temporary blood clot or disruption in blood flow affecting the brain, spinal cord, or retinas. It is sometimes referred to as a mini-stroke or a warning stroke.
Unlike an actual stroke, transient ischemic attacks do not cause lasting or permanent damage. However, roughly 1 in 3 people who experience a transient ischemic attack will eventually suffer a stroke, making it a crucial early indicator of a serious health issue. This is why our Salt Lake City medical malpractice lawyers take instances of misdiagnosis very seriously.
Symptoms of Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) generally lasts between a few minutes to 24 hours. Common symptoms to look out for include:
- Sensations of weakness or numbness in the face or arm
- Sensations of weakness or numbness on one side of the body
- Severe headaches with no discernible cause
- Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden vision problems in one eye or both eyes
- Difficulty walking
- Dizziness and loss of balance
- Loss of coordination
Why Diagnosing Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is Crucial
By diagnosing a transient ischemic attack (TIA) a doctor provides patients with a chance to make crucial lifestyle changes that would prevent a full-blown stroke from occurring. This includes dietary changes, use of medications to thin blood and/or improve blood flow, exercise regimens, and more.
Because there is a missed preventative aspect to many medical errors and surgical mistakes, cases of misdiagnosis need to be taken very seriously given the effect that the negligence had on the patient's continued health and well-being.
What Our Lawyers Offer Clients
If your loved one has suffered from a transient ischemic attack (TIA) and then a full-blown stroke, our legal team will jump into action to ensure that the medical professional is held responsible for the misdiagnosis and failure to provide effective preventative care. Given that strokes can be extremely debilitating, our legal team will seek damages on your behalf in order to cover the unfortunate changes to your life. These changes might have been prevented had the TIA been caught and addressed in the first place.
Other Legal Matters We Can Assist You With
In addition to assistance with transient ischemic attack (TIA), we can help clients and loved ones that have been affected by surgical mistakes, birth injuries, and prescription errors. A medical negligence and cerebral palsy lawyer in Utah will be here for you.
Meet with Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you would like to learn more about your legal rights following debilitating mistakes made by a medical professional, be sure to contact our Utah medical malpractice attorneys today. Our entire legal team is here to fight for you in your time of legal need.
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