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Heart Attack Misdiagnosis & Medical Malpractice
Heart disease or coronary heart disease results in over 30,000 deaths in Pennsylvania each year. Many individuals with heart disease will suffer a heart attack which occurs when a coronary artery is blocked by plaque. This prevents oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart which can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Medical Misdiagnosis of Heart Attack
Family doctors, specialists and hospitals in Philadelphia, Delaware County and Montgomery County may misdiagnose a heart attack as chest pain, angina, or simply indigestion or heart burn. Women and younger adults are increasingly at risk of misdiagnosis of a heart attack.
Medical misdiagnosis of a heart attack often occurs due to:
- failure to order tests (EKG or echocardiogram),
- failure to order blood tests (cardiac enzymes in the blood),
- failure to take a full medical history,
- failure to identify heart attack risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.), and
- failure to perform a complete medical exam.
In Pennsylvania hospitals or emergency rooms, heart attack misdiagnosis or delay in treatment often occurs due to failure to follow procedures and protocols due to insufficient staffing or insufficient training.
Heart Attack Symptoms
Symptoms and severity of symptoms vary from person to person. However, most report minor symptoms in the days or hours leading to the heart attack:
- chest pain or tightness
- pain or discomfort in shoulders, arms, neck or jaw/throat
- stomach pain including symptoms of heartburn or indigestion
- shortness of breath, fast or uneven heartbeat
Our Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers accept heart attack misdiagnosis cases throughout Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia and the surrounding counties including Delaware County, Montgomery County, etc. Contact us now or call (610) 214-2513.
Featured Case: Our lawyers obtained a $3 million jury trial verdict against a Philadelphia emergency room for failing to diagnose a life-threatening heart condition. The patient died as a result.
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Heart Attack Treatment – Time is of the Essence
Heart attack sufferers must get timely treatment. The faster the treatment, the better the outcome. In the best case scenario, treatment will occur within 1-2 hours of the onset of symptoms. Delayed treatment may result in death or irreversible damage to the heart’s muscles.
Treatment of a heart attack typically includes blood clot or antiplatelet medications, thrombolytic treatment, cardiac catheterization and bypass surgery.
Heart Attack Misdiagnosis Lawsuits in Pennsylvania
If a doctor or hospital was negligent in the diagnosis or treatment of a heart attack, patients and their family members may obtain compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Pennsylvania law puts a time limit on a patient’s right to sue for medical malpractice, so don’t delay. Contact our office immediately.
Under Pennsylvania law, patients and their families may have legal rights to seek compensation for the often enormous personal and physical difficulties caused by a heart attack misdiagnosis or delayed heart attack treatment.
Patients who survive often need extensive medical treatment and ongoing medical care including physical therapy. Medical costs alone are often crippling, let alone lost wages and ongoing pain and suffering.
Family members of those who don’t survive may seek compensation for the financial losses caused by death of their loved one. Read more about wrongful death and survival actions in Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers – Heart Attack Misdiagnosis or Treatment Delay
Our law firm focuses on complex medical malpractice cases including heart attack cases. We’ve succeeded in medical and hospital malpractice cases against some of the largest medical providers in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Our firm has also been rated as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report since 2016 in the area of medical malpractice law. Contact us for a free consultation. (610) 214-2513
Page last reviewed and updated: October 9, 2020
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