Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack
A heart attack is one of the most serious medical emergencies that a person can experience. Immediate medical treatment is often needed to ensure survival and to allow for the best possible recovery.
However, doctors and other medical professionals could fail to properly or timely diagnose a heart attack since many of the symptoms are similar to other less serious ailments such as heartburn, indigestion, or a panic attack. When physicians fail to diagnose a heart attack, they put their patient at risk of severe injury or death.
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Symptoms of a Heart Attack
A heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction, occurs when blood supply to the heart is severely reduced or stopped, usually caused by some blockage. If the inside of the artery can no longer supply enough oxygen to the heart, the cardiac cells can eventually die.
Common symptoms that are experienced when suffering a heart attack include:
- Pain, pressure, or a burning or squeezing sensation in the chest, abdomen, back, or arms. Pain or discomfort usually radiates throughout the body and does not remain localized and usually continues even at rest or after changing body position.
- Sudden onset of severe anxiety or sense of impending doom
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Excessive sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Fainting or blackout
Has There Been a Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack?
The symptoms of a heart attack can lead doctors to render an erroneous diagnosis of another condition, such as:
- Acid reflux
- Pulled muscles
- Broken ribs
A failure to diagnose a heart attack may be deemed the result of medical malpractice where a doctor or other medical professional fails to render treatment according to the standard of care. The standard of care is usually defined as the treatment decisions and actions that another medical provider of similar training and experience would undertake in identical circumstances.
In other words, if other doctors would have correctly and timely diagnosed a heart attack, another provider’s failure to do so may constitute medical malpractice.
Some of the reasons why healthcare professionals may fail to diagnose a heart attack include:
- Failing to appropriately triage a patient in the emergency room
- Failing to perform a full patient examination
- Discounting a patient’s subjective complaints
- Failing to include heart attack in the differential diagnosis
- Reaching another diagnosis without conducting sufficient testing to rule out a heart attack
- Failing to order testing that might confirm a heart attack, such as conducting an EKG or blood work
Possible Compensation in a Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack Case
If your heart attack went undiagnosed or your doctor made a heart attack misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the harm and loss that you have suffered. Financial recovery in a failure to diagnose heart attack case may include:
- Costs of additional medical treatment required to treat a more advanced stage of a heart attack and to repair the damage that an untimely treated heart attack causes to the body
- Lost wages if you must miss time from work because of a misdiagnosed heart attack
- Loss of earning ability if you suffer disabilities that render you unable to go back to work because your heart attack was not promptly diagnosed
- Additional physical pain and emotional distress inflicted by an untreated heart attack
- Loss of quality of life, including due to physical disabilities caused by an untreated heart attack a reduced life expectancy because of the damage caused.
If your family has lost a loved one due to a heart attack that was not properly diagnosed, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses, such as:
- Loss of your loved one’s financial contributions to the family including loss of income
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of your loved one’s care, comfort, guidance, affection, and society
- Loss of your deceased spouse’s intimate companionship
Why Is It Important to Talk to a Heart Attack Misdiagnosis Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?
If you suspect that your treating healthcare providers initially misdiagnosed your heart attack, you should talk to a failure to diagnose a heart attack attorney as soon as possible. You may have the right to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the providers responsible for not properly diagnosing your condition.
A misdiagnosis heart attack attorney could help you with all the aspects of pursuing a legal claim for compensation, including:
- Fully investigating your case by securing medical records, treatment notes, staffing records, radiology studies, or other relevant evidence
- Identifying the parties responsible for the misdiagnosis, including doctors, nurses, lab technicians, hospitals, or medical practices
- Bringing in medical experts to persuasively explain how your providers’ actions fell below the accepted standard of care and thereby caused you to suffer harm
- Documenting the full extent of your financial losses as well as your personal loss
- Filing your claims against the at-fault parties and insurance companies
- Aggressively pursuing full compensation for your claim
- Taking your case to court when litigation and trial represent the best path for thoroughly pursuing your rights
Contact ER Legal Today
If you have suffered a heart attack that was misdiagnosed or not timely diagnosed by your doctor, call Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. or contact us online today. We’ll provide you with a confidential consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your case at no cost.