Baltimore Stroke Injury Lawyers
A stroke is a serious medical event that can lead to permanent damage and a host of other difficulties. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States and they can occur for a number of reasons. It’s essential to know what to expect after you or a loved one suffers a stroke, and the team at Murphy Falcon Murphy wants to help. We’ve helped our clients in the Baltimore area secure more than $700 million in damages across a wide variety of cases. When a traumatic brain injury causes a stroke, or a stroke occurs due to negligence, victims need to know their legal options.
How Strokes Happen
There are two main types of stroke:
- Ischemic strokes occur when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked or cut off.
- Hemorrhagic strokes happen when a blood vessel in the brain suddenly bursts.
Either type of stroke can cause bleeding in and on the brain, and this bleeding will destroy healthy brain cells. Strokes require immediate emergency medical treatment. Symptoms of a stroke typically appear very rapidly and can include dizziness, confusion, loss of balance and coordination, difficulty with speech, numbness on one side of the body, and extreme headache. The longer it takes for a stroke victim to receive medical treatment, the more significant the effects will be.
Many strokes are unpredictable. Some result from genetic conditions and other natural causes, while some result from injuries or medical errors. In these situations, stroke victims and their families may be able to secure compensation if negligence is to blame for the stroke.
Stroke Injuries from Negligence
If a person or party causes a traumatic brain injury to someone, the victim could potentially suffer a stroke as a result. In this case, the victim or the victim’s family would file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. In cases involving traumatic brain injuries that cause strokes, the damage from the stroke will likely be only a portion of the total claimed damages.
Proving negligence in a personal injury case requires four basic elements: The plaintiff must prove the defendant owed a duty of care in the given situation; failed to meet that duty; the plaintiff suffered damages; and the damages were the result of the defendant’s breached duty. In cases involving strokes resulting from medical errors, plaintiffs would file medical malpractice lawsuits. These claims function similarly to personal injury lawsuits but require the plaintiff to prove that an official doctor-patient relationship existed between the plaintiff and the defendant, and the defendant failed to meet an acceptable standard of care for the given situation.
Winning Your Lawsuit
If you decide to pursue legal action for stroke injuries, it’s crucial to understand what to expect from the legal process. Many civil actions can take months or longer to reach conclusions, and attorneys’ fees can be quite expensive during that time. It’s vital to weigh the potential worth of your lawsuit against the possible cost of legal fees. Plaintiffs who win their cases for stroke injuries can secure various types of compensation including:
- Medical expenses. Plaintiffs can sue for the costs of treating a stroke caused by negligence. This includes rehabilitation, surgical fees, hospital bills, and any other medical expenses.
- Pain and suffering. Experiencing a stroke is a painful and terrifying experience, and the justice system allows plaintiffs to secure compensation for their physical pain and mental suffering.
- Lost income. If a stoke results in missed time from work, the plaintiff can sue for wages lost in that time. Additionally, if a stroke caused by negligence prevents the victim from working in the future, the plaintiff can sue for the wages he or she would have reasonably expected to earn in the future.
- Property damage. If the plaintiff is suing for a stroke caused by negligence, such as a car crash, the plaintiff can also sue for the costs of repairing or replacing personal property that was damaged or destroyed in the event.
The attorneys at Murphy Falcon Murphy are here to help. Reach out to our Baltimore office for more information about your legal rights and options after a stroke, and we can let you know what to expect.