Stroke Misdiagnosis & Delayed Treatment Malpractice - The Lyon Firm

Stroke Misdiagnosis & Delayed Treatment Malpractice

Ohio Hospital Negligence Attorney and Medical Malpractice Lawyer investigates failure to diagnose cases and stroke misdiagnosis injuries for plaintiffs nationwide


A fairly large number of strokes and heart attacks are misdiagnosed or subjects of delayed diagnosis, which greatly increases the risks of complications, permanent injury and death. Patients who are admitted to emergency rooms and medical facilities expect healthcare professionals to accurately and promptly to diagnose dangerous health conditions though instances of medical errors, hospital negligence, medical malpractice and stroke misdiagnosis are on the rise.

Stroke misdiagnosis and delayed treatment for a heart attack are fairly common, and at least one study notes that up to nine percent of stroke victims have their condition misdiagnosed initially, delaying proper treatment and putting them at risk of more serious consequences. Misdiagnosed patients present with mild or non-specific neurological complaints, and they are not taken seriously.

Emergency departments, nurses and doctors have been targeted in stroke misdiagnosis lawsuits, and plaintiffs may have rightful claims and recover compensation when hospitals are negligent and fail to provide a quality standard of care.

Joe Lyon is an Ohio medical malpractice lawyer and hospital negligence attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in delayed treatment and stroke misdiagnosis lawsuits.


Stroke Misdiagnosis Complications

  • Brain injury
  • More severe stroke
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty speaking and understanding
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Death

Failure to Diagnose Stroke Symptoms

Many patients are misdiagnosed and sent home from an emergency room in the month before they are hospitalized for heart attack or stroke. When early signs and symptoms of a heart attacks or stroke are missed by an emergency department, the patients risk the most severe complications which include wrongful death. Nurses and physicians need to be more discerning and vigilant before they rule out a stroke or heart attack, even for those seemingly at lower risk.

Misdiagnosed patients may present with dizziness and headache and are told they have less serious conditions, or they receive no diagnosis at an ER. Strokes are the fourth most common misdiagnosis among major diagnostic errors, and they represent the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Some experts have expressed the need for increased awareness by ER physicians to reduce stroke misdiagnosis and delayed treatment.

Timely treatment of strokes and heart attacks can limit the damage and even reverse some damage. Undiagnosed strokes allows for brain cell death to continue, and can lead to permanent brain injury or death. Symptoms of a stroke can include:

  • Weakness, numbness, or paralysis
  • Tingling in a limb on one side
  • Sudden loss of strength
  • Severe headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Confusion
  • Loss of vision
  • Fainting

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due a misdiagnosed stroke or heart attack, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding stroke misdiagnosis malpractice lawsuits.

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