Caused whenever blood flow to the brain is cut off, a stroke is an incredibly serious medical event: In fact, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability in the United States. Although strokes are considered to be preventable and treatable, the death rate has increased slightly in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Because May is National Stroke Awareness Month, our legal team here at Spohrer Dodd wanted to shed some light on this important issue and offer a few tips to reduce your risk of a stroke. By acting “F.A.S.T.” to identify the signs and symptoms of stroke in your loved ones, you may also be able to save their life and preserve some of their basic functions.
Here are some recommended ways to lower your odds of a major stroke:
Of course, even if you follow all these recommendations and stay active, there’s always a chance that you or your loved ones could suffer a stroke someday. Because treatment outcomes improve significantly when the victim gets immediate medical attention, the CDC recommends using the acronym F.A.S.T. to confirm when someone is having a stroke.
F.A.S.T. stands for the following:
While there are many possible reasons for a stroke, some of them may be more than just preventable: In certain cases, strokes may be caused or aggravated by another person’s negligence. Whether you’ve been the victim of a costly medical error or a lack of prompt stroke care at a nursing home, our personal injury lawyers at Spohrer Dodd can represent you and your loved ones when you’ve been hurt by a stroke.
Our nationally-recognized trial lawyers are here to advocate for stroke victims in Florida and beyond. Call us today at (904) 637-7721 to schedule a free consultation.