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Couple Sues Hospital for Negligence in Stroke Diagnosis

A couple has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging a hospital failed to timely and properly diagnose a stroke. Two doctors were also named as defendants in the suit.

In December 2014, the couple went to the ER because the woman was complaining of syncope (a temporary loss of consciousness, commonly referred to as fainting, or passing out), right-sided weakness in her arm and leg, dizziness, and slurred speech according to a complaint. She said there is a family history of stroke.

The ER physician diagnosed the woman with transient ischemic attack (a mini-stroke); she received no treatment. In the early morning hours, she suffered another stroke that left her with paralysis of her right side, slurred speech, and permanent neurological injuries, according to the lawsuit. The complaint alleges that the defendants acted negligently and carelessly by failing to timely, properly, and adequately evaluate, treat, and/or refer her for symptoms of stroke.

The couple is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

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