Cerebrovascular Accident

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A cerebrovascular accident is a medical emergency where the blood supply to the brain is suddenly cut off or interrupted. A cerebrovascular accident is most commonly known as a stroke. There are many risk factors for a cerebrovascular accident, signs and symptoms to be aware of, and treatment standards that must be utilized by medical professionals in order to properly care for a cerebrovascular accident victim. If you or a loved one has suffered from a cerebrovascular accident, please contact us to determine if you have been a victim of medical malpractice.

Types of Cerebrovasular Accidents 

•  Ischemic Stroke - Caused by an obstruction that blocks or reduces blood flow to the brain

•  Hemorrhagic Stroke - Occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts spilling blood into the brain

Risk Factors

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Heavy Alcohol Consumption

Other Causes

  • Accident or Trauma
  • Difficult Childbirth
  • Prenatal Complications
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause
  • Medical Malpractice 

Signs and Symptoms

  • Weakness or Numbness (especially to one side of the body)
  • Reduction in Reflexes
  • Severe Headache
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Impaired Vision
  • Dizziness or Loss of Balance
  • Possible loss of Conciousness

Treatment and Care 

In a cerebrovascular accident, brain cells either die or remain in a compromised state for a period following the incident. Immediate medical attention must be properly administered to assuage the damages caused by a cerebrovascular accident. Inter-cranial pressure must be alleviated immediately in order to reduce further loss to a cerebrovascular victim. Proper medical treatment must be performed on a cerebrovascular accident victim immediately and in every ensuing step of treatment in order to rehabilitate the patient and minimize further damage and complications. In cases where the standard of care in treating a cerebrovascular accident victim are not met, medical malpractice may be the cause of further injury and illness. 

Types of Medical Malpractice Cases Associated with a Cerebrovascular Accident 

Contact an Attorney Near You 

If you or someone you love has been a victim of a cerebrovascular accident that was caused or compounded by negligence on behalf of a medical professional, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries. Medical malpractice involving a cerebrovascular accident may include failure to properly diagnose and treat the stroke and resulting medical problems which can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering. To find out if you have a medical malpractice case relating to a cerebrovascular accident, a qualified medical malpractice attorney can advise you of your rights and options.  For more information please click here and select a state to speak with a qualified attorney in your area.

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