To prevent the worst medical effects of stroke, it is critical to diagnosis the symptoms at the first signs of a rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel that cuts off oxygen to the brain. Emergency medical technicians, emergency room staff, nurses and doctors are all trained in the diagnosis and efficient treatment of stroke symptoms. Any delay in diagnosis can result in permanent brain damage and physical disabilities as a result of neurological damage.
Misdiagnosis of medical conditions such as stroke and heart conditions are among the leading factors in medical negligence cases resulting in permanent and serious injuries. If a member of your family recently suffered the effects of a stroke that you feel was the result of misdiagnosis or delayed treatment by a medical professional in Oregon or Washington, talk to an attorney on the medical malpractice litigation team at Miller & Wagner, with offices in Portland and Pacific City.
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If the EMT or medical professional failed to notice or act on any of the following symptoms, there may be a claim of delayed diagnosis or mistreatment of the condition, leading to serious injury:
- Numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
- Sudden weakness in the limbs
- Slurred speech and difficulty understanding spoken language
- Severe headache, accompanied by dizziness
- Lack of coordination, inability to stand upright and walk normally
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Dave Miller and Bob Wagner both began their legal careers as a defense lawyer for malpractice insurance companies. Their insights into the claim evaluation and investigation process from the defense side can give you an accurate idea of the strength and value of your case. They also have access to a wide network of outstanding medical experts — trusted professionals whose involvement with your case is indispensable to its success. In fact, Oregon and Washington doctors often call Miller & Wagner when they need advice about potential malpractice claims for their own family members and friends.
Call us with questions about your doctor’s failure to diagnose stroke. From our offices in Portland, our medical malpractice trial attorneys represent patients in medical negligence claims against physicians and health care providers throughout Oregon and Washington.