Suffering a stroke can leave victims physically debilitated for the rest of their lives, and recovering from stroke injuries often takes months or years of therapy, though many victims will never regain the same physical abilities they once had.
When a blood clot blocks an artery and oxygen is cut off from the brain, brain cells begin to die at a rapid pace, causing irreparable damage to the specific areas that are lacking oxygen. According to data from the North Carolina Stroke Association, only 17.6% of North Carolina adults were aware of the symptoms and warning signs of a stroke, which is the third leading cause of death in the state. Americans paid approximately $73.7 billion nationwide for stroke-related medical costs and disability, while North Carolina paid an estimated $1.05 billion.
Were you or someone you love the victim of a stroke because of another person’s negligence? If so, you may be entitled to compensation because of the pain and anguish you endured as a result. The personal injury lawyers of Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys want to fight for your rights and we will always seek the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to the victims of stroke injuries.
Types of Strokes
There are three main categories of strokes that doctors refer to in diagnosis and treatment. They include:
- Ischemic Stroke
- 85% of all strokes are ischemic, meaning the arteries become blocked or narrowed
- Hemorrhagic Stroke
- Blood vessel to the brain leaks or ruptures
- Transient Ischemic Attack
- A mini-stroke which is a decrease in oxygen to the brain lasting less than five minutes
The most critical moments are those that follow the onset of a stroke. Reacting calmly and seeking medical attention within minutes can save valuable brain cells and spare a stroke victim of losing more oxygen, which will create more trauma and damage within the brain.
Warning Signs of a Stroke
Men and women may experience different pre-stroke symptoms, and it is crucial to be aware of the warning signs to receive medical attention as soon as possible. Both can experience the following symptoms:
- Numbness or weakness in the limbs, or face, especially to one side
- Confusion or trouble understanding other people
- Trouble speaking
- Uncoordinated movements
- Difficulty seeing with one or both eyes
- Severe headache for no known reason
Regardless of the perceived severity of the stroke or whether you are sure you may be having a stroke, seek immediate medical attention for prompt and proper treatment of your condition.
Causes of Stroke Injuries
Brain damage can significantly increase the likelihood of stroke, or be the single contributing factor. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, those who suffer a traumatic brain injury are ten times as likely to suffer a stroke within three months of the incident.
Falls, equipment malfunctions, violence and many other injuries that occur in the workplace can create a blow to the head which results in a significant change in the individual’s normal brain function. When another person’s reckless actions cause your stroke injuries, they should be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.
Contacting Our North Carolina Stroke Injury Law Firm
Having won over $10 MILLION in settlements and successful verdicts for our clients, the legal team of Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys has the experience to handle your stroke claim. Because our legal team works on a contingency fee basis, you pay nothing unless we win a successful verdict or settlement for you.
With offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, NC, we are proud to serve clients in the follow areas:
- Mountain View
- High Point
- …and most other surrounding towns and suburbs of these areas.
To find out more, simply contact us at 866-299-1769 – our principal office is located in Winston-Salem and we are licensed to practice law throughout the entire state of North Carolina.