Heart disease causes more fatalities worldwide per year than any other single medical condition, and heart attacks, in particular, can be extremely dangerous if not quickly identified and addressed. Unfortunately, there are far too many examples of medical professionals failing to diagnose prior heart attacks in patients and provide treatment to help minimize the risk of future problems, or even misidentifying heart attacks actively in progress.
Either way, a doctor failing to properly identify and treat cardiac arrest or any other type of heart problem can have devastating consequences, as experienced misdiagnosis attorneys know all too well. If you believe you suffered avoidable harm because a physician did not correctly diagnose you and subsequently did not provide appropriate care, get in touch with a New Haven heart attack misdiagnosis lawyer right away. Our team at Berkowitz Hanna is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Although heart attacks can be immensely harmful and even deadly medical events, they can also be deceptively difficult to identify while they are happening. Many minor symptoms of heart attacks can also be caused by much less life-threatening problems like acid reflux, anxiety attacks, or bronchitis. Even EKG readings may not indicate that a heart attack has occurred if it is conducted too long after a heart attack has ended.
That said, highly trained and experienced medical professionals are expected, based on their expertise and experience, to be able to identify and treat heart attacks in situations where a layperson might not be sure what they are going through. If a doctor misdiagnoses a heart attack because of recklessness or carelessness that another equally qualified physician would not have demonstrated in a similar situation, that doctor may have violated the “standard of care” applicable to them.
If a breach of this standard directly leads to a patient sustaining harm that reasonably diligent care could have prevented, that patient might have grounds to file suit over medical malpractice. A New Haven heart attack misdiagnosis attorney can explain how this kind of litigation works in more detail and offer guidance about whether a particular scenario might justify a lawsuit.
A patient who can prove their doctor’s failure to diagnose their heart attack led to them experiencing physical harm could then hold that doctor (and/or their employer or insurer) legally liable. This means that they are on the hook to pay for all ensuing economic and non-economic losses traceable to the heart attack, including both past and future forms of harm such as:
However, state law generally prohibits anyone from suing a medical professional over any kind of misconduct more than two years after discovering the harm they sustained or more than three years after the alleged misconduct actually occurred. Working with a seasoned lawyer is vital to building a strong claim within applicable time limits following a heart attack misdiagnosis in New Haven.
Anyone who experiences a heart attack should be able to trust emergency personnel and hospital employees will give them the considerate care they need to recover as much as possible. A doctor who violates this “standard of care” and allows a patient to suffer serious harm as a result can—and should—be held accountable for the repercussions of their actions.
Assistance from a New Haven heart attack misdiagnosis lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. To discuss your compensation options with a dedicated attorney, contact Berkowitz Hanna today. Your initial consultation is free.