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According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the state of Maryland. Among causes of death in Washington D.C., stroke is ranked fifth. A missed or delayed diagnosis of this serious condition can prove debilitating or even deadly for a patient. If you believe that your physician misdiagnosed or improperly treated you or your loved one’s stroke, the attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the steps of your case.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to an area of the brain is cut off. This deprives brain cells of oxygen, which causes them to die. As this happens, the area of the body controlled by those cells loses its ability to function. According to Stroke.org, more than 800,000 individuals experience strokes each year, which calculates to about one stroke every 40 seconds.
There are generally two types of stroke:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke.These are more rare than the other type. They occur when a brain aneurysm bursts or a weakened blood vessel begins to bleed. Though they only account for about 15% of all strokes, they are responsible for about 40% of all stroke-related deaths.
  • Ischemic stroke. These occur when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel from carrying blood to the brain. Most strokes are classified as ischemic.

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While a stroke may happen unexpectedly, many of them are avoidable with identification of warning signs and swift, appropriate care. Some common signs of stroke include:

  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Sudden inability to speak
  • Sudden complications with simple movements
  • Sudden weakness in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body
  • Sudden, severe headache

When patients present with these symptoms, it is the responsibility of the physician to immediately administer the proper tests to determine whether a stroke is occurring. The severity of a stroke is directly related to the timeliness of proper treatment. Hesitation and inefficiency can lead to a patient’s death.

Call experienced our Baltimore and Washington D.C. attorneys for reliable answers about your medical malpractice case

If you or a loved one was injured from the misdiagnosis or improper treatment of a stroke, contact the law office of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. for the representation that your case deserves. These attorneys have earned numerous awards and professional accolades for their service to the residents of Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Maryland. Contact the office at 410-234-1000 for a consultation.