Doctors often fail to diagnose strokes in particular demographics

| Apr 16, 2021 | Medical Malpractice |

A research team led by a specialist from Johns Hopkins concluded that physicians often overlook or disregard early signs of strokes in tens of thousands of people in the U.S. each year. Many stroke victims who come to the emergency room for treatment complain of headaches and dizziness, but these complaints are not always taken seriously. If you’re an Illinois resident and have experienced medical malpractice when it comes to diagnosing a stroke, here are some important things to know.

Who is most likely to be misdiagnosed?

Findings in the journal Diagnosis indicate that women, people of color and people younger than 45 were much more likely to be misdiagnosed in the week before having a stroke. Younger people were about seven times more likely to be victims of medical malpractice by being sent home without being treated for their symptoms.

Addressing racial and gender disparities when diagnosing a stroke

The study indicates that women are 33% more likely to experience medical malpractice when it comes to stroke treatment, and people of color are 20 to 30% more likely to receive an incorrect diagnosis. This suggests that racial and gender biases and unfair treatment play a role in how patients are cared for. Since strokes are not often a health condition that younger people experience, patients in their 20s, 30s or 40s are not properly assessed for a stroke, which can have long-term effects on their health.

If you suspect that you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, you may want to contact an experienced lawyer. A legal professional may review the details of your case and work to help you get the compensation you deserve.