A recent review of cases conducted by the Canadian Medical Protective Association, an organization that defends physicians in Canada, has found that most medical malpractice cases involving stroke had issues with the diagnosis. This means that sometimes doctors are missing the signs of stroke at initial presentation thereby depriving patients of necessary prompt treatment. In the cases reviewed, more than 25% of patients died and another 40% were left with a significant disability.
Prompt diagnosis of bacterial meningitis infection is crucial for best treatment outcomes. Death rates from bacterial meningitis are around 10% with up to 1/3 of survivors suffering long-term serious neurological complications. If diagnosed and treated early, most people recover well.
It is estimated that 50,000 Canadians suffer a traumatic brain injury each year - and the majority of these are young adults.