Heart disease is a leading cause of death for men and women nationwide. Doctors must quickly diagnose and treat heart attacks, medically known as acute myocardial infarctions (AMI). Failing to receive timely, proper medical care and treatments can result in serious medical complications, including death.
In many cases, doctors fail to recognize heart attacks as soon as they should or fail to diagnose them at all, leading to unnecessary adverse outcomes. In these cases, victims may make claims for monetary recovery against both the negligent health care provider and the medical facility.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a delayed or missed heart attack diagnosis, the skilled attorneys at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., may represent you in your case and help you obtain monetary compensation for your injuries and damages.
When people experience chest pain and other common heart attack symptoms, they usually seek help in hospital emergency rooms. The emergency room medical professionals who may potentially face liability for failing to diagnose a heart condition in a timely manner include:
Other medical professionals outside the emergency room may also face liability, including:
When a health care provider fails to make a timely and accurate heart attack diagnosis, the patient can suffer extremely serious consequences. A heart attack typically causes damage to the heart muscle itself. Therefore, even heart attack victims who survive their heart attacks may still sustain serious and permanent damage to their hearts—or to other parts of their bodies. If a loved one dies of a misdiagnosed heart attack, then the victim’s estate may make a wrongful death claim against the negligent health care provider.
Medical doctors are normally held to the standard of care of a reasonable doctor under similar circumstances in the geographic area. On the other hand, the law normally holds medical specialists, such as cardiologists, to a national standard of care. An injured plaintiff must prove that a doctor or other health care provider committed an act of medical malpractice by showing that the health care provider breached the standard of care—and that this breach resulted in the heart attack and all related damages.
Missed or delayed diagnoses of serious heart conditions can lead to heart attacks and other complications. If you suspect that a doctor or other health care provider committed medical malpractice, the Stamford medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., can evaluate your case and may represent you.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Stamford, Connecticut, medical malpractice lawyer, please call us at (203) 348-2465 or contact us online today.