The most common liability for doctors in stroke cases is failure to diagnosis the stroke early enough to administer tPA. tPA, or tissue plasminogen activator, is a clot busting drug. The drug is only effective within 3 hours of onset of stroke, therefore, diagnosis the stroke immediately upon arriving at the emergency room is imperative. tPA is highly effective in that nearly 40% of the time, the drug works, and depending on the study, the percentage may even be as high as 60 percent.
Some of he main signs of stoke include:
1. Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body;
2. Trouble walking, difficulty balancing, dizziness;
3. Difficulty speaking, confusion;
4. Vision issues
If a doctor misses these signs, rules out stroke, fails to do proper testing, and misses an opportunity to administer tPA, your doctor may be negligent. There are other types of strokes and later treatments as well, if you fall outside of the 3 hour window, however, those cases are more complex and much more difficult to win.