Seeking compensation for Injury Caused by a Misdiagnosed Hear Attack
One of the leading causes of death not only in the United States but also the world is heart disease. Millions of people every year succumb to the effects of heart disease that can leave them suffering from a number of related maladies. The proper diagnosis and treatment of heart disease early on is essential in order to give patients the best chance of fighting it and to help prevent the advancement of any related problems. Unfortunately, doctors are only human and can end up making mistakes that can have severe consequences for a patient’s heart health. One of the ways that medical professionals can seriously harm their patients is fail to misdiagnose heart attacks.
Florida Medical Malpractice Claims
When someone suffers an injury because of an attending medical professional’s negligence then they may be entitled to take legal action by filing a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice is when a medical professional fails to provide proper care because they are negligent in a way that violates the standard of care. The standard of care that is expected of medical professionals level of skill and service that they provide to patients based on the knowledge and resources available in their field and the context of their practice. The standard of care differs from medical professional to medical professional and is generally determined through comparison of similar doctors and such in a similar field and context.
By proving that a medical professional was negligent and violated the standard of care, a claimant can attempt to negotiate a settlement that can help cover damages inflicted by their medical malpractice injuries such as additional medical bills, decreased earning potential, emotional and mental injuries, lost wages, and much more. If a settlement is not able to be reached then the matter is likely to go to trial where the issue is brought before a judge and jury.
What is Misdiagnosis and Why is it Dangerous?
When a doctor misdiagnoses or fails to diagnose a patient then they are at risk to suffer a number of additional injuries or complications of the undiagnosed condition as a result. Misdiagnosis leaves a condition to progress unhindered and ravage the body but even worse, it can result in the wrong treatment. Using the wrong treatment for a misdiagnosed condition such as a heart attack can not only mean that the heart can suffer serious damage and possibly death but certain treatments can actively aggravate and damage the heart even more. This is done through certain drugs, surgeries, etc. that a doctor will mistakenly believe will heal the patient.
Why are Heart Attacks Misdiagnosed?
Heart attacks are at the top of the list when it comes to commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions and are commonly part of many medical malpractice claims centered around misdiagnosis. The common misdiagnosis of heart attacks occurs because of how its symptoms are common among many other conditions. Heart attacks can often start out with small signs that can rapidly become very dangerous very quickly yet many doctors can easily disregard these smaller symptoms as representative of conditions much less critical. These symptoms include:
- Discomfort of pain in the chest
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Profuse sweating
- Weakness and fatigue
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Heightened anxiety
Medical Conditions Heart Attacks are Commonly Mistaken For
- Anxiety attack
- Acid reflux
- Musculoskeletal pain
When a doctor or other medical professional fails to test their patient for the chance that they may be suffering from a heart attack rather than one of these conditions when they are aware of common heart attack symptoms, then they might be found liable for medical malpractice injuries they cause because of their misdiagnosis.
Consider Eberst Law as Your Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or a loved one have sustained an injury because of medical misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition then do not hesitate to contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Eberst Law immediately. Our lawyers are happy to sit with you to discuss the details of your claim and provide some options on how you can go about taking legal action. Eberst Law has the medical malpractice experience you need in order to get the compensation you deserve after a painful surgical error.
The lawyers of Eberst Law understand that injuries caused by malpractice can turn your life upside down. Allow our lawyers to assist you in your pursuit of compensation by assisting in the investigation of how your malpractice occurred, securing evidence that can prove a liable party’s negligence, negotiating with the insurance company, and guiding you through the legal process. When you hire Eberst Law as your legal representation, you ensure your case is in the hands of experienced lawyers that will fight for you.
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