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According to statistics from the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, an estimated 6 million people, or 1 in 50, in the United States have a brain aneurysm. Annually, approximately 30,000 people, or about 8 to 10 per 100,000, in the country suffer a brain aneurysm rupture.

According to statistics from the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, an estimated 6 million people, or 1 in 50, in the United States have a brain aneurysm. Annually, approximately 30,000 people, or about 8 to 10 per 100,000, in the country suffer a brain aneurysm rupture.

This means that every 18 minutes, there is a brain aneurysm rupturing. In about 40% of cases, this condition is fatal. Approximately 15% of patients who suffer aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) die before they reach the hospital.

Hospitals and doctors can often make mistakes while diagnosing a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Medical errors involving SAH often lead to devastating permanent injuries to patients. If a diagnosis is delayed too long, it can lead to permanent brain injury or even death. When errors involving SAH occur, a patient can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital or doctor and claim compensation for their injuries and other damages.

Symptoms of a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

The primary symptoms of a SAH can include a sudden, severe headache, which many people describe as the “worst headache ever”. Other symptoms include:

A patient may have some, or a number of these symptoms when they visit a doctor’s office or emergency department.

Failure to Diagnose SAH

Doctors are trained to notice the signs of an SAH when the signs and symptoms are presented by a patient. It is important to diagnose the condition promptly to prevent permanent damage. Tests that are used to diagnose the condition include an MRI or CT scan of the brain and a Transcranial Doppler ultrasound or cerebral angiography to inspect the blood flow in the brain’s arteries. Medicines are administered through an IV to control blood pressure and medications are also often prescribed to manage pain.

When a hospital or doctor fails to diagnose an SAH, a patient can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will review the patient’s entire medical records and discuss the signs and symptoms with a board-certified doctor to determine whether the attending doctor diagnosed the SAH properly and whether appropriate treatment was started in a timely manner.

Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice

When it comes to medical malpractice, the statute of limitations varies from state to state. In some states, the lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the malpractice. In cases where death is involved, the limitations period may be extended in certain circumstances. It should be noted that if a plaintiff misses the deadline, they claim will be lost forever.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of misdiagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage, you should immediately seek the help of a qualified and experienced attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212-344-1000. We know how to win cases. We have been around the block!