I’m sorry to hear about your parent’s stroke. You may be able to sue the doctor for medical malpractice. Strokes can be extremely serious and often deadly. When a person suffers from a stroke, their brain cells can deteriorate because of a lack of oxygen. Among the elderly, the effects can be particularly devastating. The person may become disabled and unable to communicate with others, and may be unable to care for himself or herself afterwards.
It’s important that doctors take steps to prevent against strokes. Doctors have the responsibility to identify those who are at risk of developing a stroke, and finding preventative measures to help. If a person suffers from permanent brain damage from a stroke that could have been prevented, a doctor may be held liable for medical malpractice.
There are some signs that an elderly person may be at risk of suffering from a stroke. One big sign that a person may be at risk for a stroke is if he or she experiences a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). A TIA is a temporary stroke that lasts for a few minutes. If that type of stroke is treated, the doctor may be able to prevent any further damage from occurring. In addition to a TIA, there are other warning signs that a patient may have a stroke, including memory problems, paralysis, seizures, pain, inability to eat, inability to communicate or speak, and changes in behavior. If any of these occur, the doctor should run diagnostic tests to identify the cause.
If your loved one has suffered from a stroke in Houston, and you believe it could have been prevented, you should speak with an attorney. The Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges can help. Call us today at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about our firm by visiting our Facebook page.