Failure to Diagnose Heart Attacks in Louisville
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When heart disease is diagnosed in a timely manner, medicines and procedures can be administered to save a person’s life. Unfortunately, it is very common for individuals exhibiting the warning signs of a heart attack to be misdiagnosed with other conditions, like high blood pressure or indigestion. In some cases, they may even be told that they have nothing to worry about and sent home, putting the patient’s life at risk.
If you or someone you love has suffered a preventable heart attack, the team at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC can help you hold the negligent health care provider accountable through a malpractice lawsuit. Due to the medical nature of these cases, they are complex and require an abundance of legal skill and experience to handle effectively. Our firm is equipped with the resources and knowledge to efficiently resolve your claim and secure compensation for the damages you or your loved one sustained.
Contact us online to discuss your eligibility for a claim after suffering a preventable heart attack in Louisville.
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What Qualifies as Malpractice for a Heart Attack Case?
Depending on your medical history and lifestyle choices, you may be at a high risk of suffering a heart attack. However, a doctor should be able to identify any risks and assist you in mitigating them. If they cannot, they have a legal obligation to refer you to a specialist, such as a cardiologist, who can.
The fact of the matter is, failing to diagnose and misdiagnosing a medical condition are forms of malpractice. If you think your doctor acted negligently or failed to act according to the standards of the professional medical industry, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer as soon as you can.
If you are not sure about what qualifies as medical negligence for these cases, a few examples include:
- Ignoring a patient’s self-reported symptoms
- Failing to conduct the proper tests to screen for heart disease
- Failing to diagnose a heart attack when it happens
- Failing to notify a patient that they are at risk of a heart attack
- Sending a patient exhibiting warning signs of a heart attack home
Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms
Often, heart attacks happen suddenly and are so intense that it is very obvious what is happening. But it is also very common for a heart attack to begin slowly and progressively worsen. In cases such as this, the person may feel slight discomfort or mild pain and, therefore, wait too long to get help.
If you are experiencing the below signs and symptoms of a heart attack, it is important to seek medical help immediately:
- Pain/discomfort in the chest, neck, back, arm, wrist, jaw, or abdomen
- Weakness, fatigue, nausea, or lightheadedness
- Sudden dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive anxiety
- Indigestion or vomiting
It is important to note that heart attack symptoms can vary from person to person.
When Should I Contact an Attorney?
For cases concerning a doctor’s failure to diagnose heart attacks, it is best to contact an attorney sooner rather than later. All injury cases are subject to a statute of limitations, which is simply legalese for the window of time that you have to file a claim. The state of Kentucky only allows individuals one year from the date the malpractice was committed or discovered to bring forth a claim. This means that the clock is already ticking, and you do not want that time to run out — you will no longer be eligible to file a legal claim once the statute of limitations expires.
If you have been affected by a medical professional’s failure to diagnose heart attacks, call (502) 242-8872 today for a free consultation.
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