Failure to Diagnose & Treat a Heart Attack
Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Connecticut
Medical negligence may be responsible for missed or delayed diagnoses of
heart attacks in some situations. If you feel that you or a loved one
was the victim of a failure to diagnose a heart attack, our legal team
is experienced in determining whether there is a viable malpractice case
to be brought. If we believe there may be a case, we will gather all of
the pertinent records and review them with the appropriate medical experts
so that we can advise you.
Our failure to diagnose attorneys in Connecticut are here to help you.
Call us at (860) 245-2412 to begin with a free initial consultation.
Understanding the Dangers of Missing the Signs of a Heart Attack
Missed heart attack diagnoses in the emergency room and by primary care
or family medicine practitioners are among the most common medical negligence
claims. Studies have shown that about 11,000 cases in the U.S. are not
properly diagnosed annually, resulting in unnecessary deaths and preventable injury.
Because of this, it is critical that healthcare providers promptly rule
out life-threatening conditions before concluding that the cause of a
patient’s possible heart attack symptoms is musculoskeletal or gastrointestinal
in nature or the result of some other non-cardiac condition. “Test,
don’t guess,” and “worst first,” and are maxims
that concisely summarize these priorities.
Acting Quickly Is Critically Important
Time is of the essence because patients who are experiencing heart attacks
can be treated with emergency angioplasty, a procedure in which a small
balloon is snaked through the blood vessels and inflated at the site of
the blockage moving the obstruction to the walls of the coronary artery
and restoring normal blood flow. The more time that elapses before this
procedure is performed, the more heart tissue dies. Hence the phrase “time
Misdiagnosis Due to Gender, Age, or Race
Women are at a particularly high risk of misdiagnosis of a heart attack.
This may be due to the “atypical” symptoms with which women
often present such as arm pain, back pain, nausea, or shortness of breath.
Women may be misdiagnosed with musculoskeletal problems, indigestion,
or emotional issues instead of receiving potentially life-saving cardiac
treatment. The elderly and non-white people have also been shown to be
more likely to be misdiagnosed in the context of an ongoing or imminent
heart attack. Failure to make a timely and accurate diagnosis of a heart
attack often has serious medical consequences.
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Remember, all such claims in Connecticut must be brought within two years
of the date of the negligence. That fact makes it important to consult
with an attorney with experience in negligent failure to diagnose and
treat heart attacks sooner rather than later.
Please contact our Connecticut heart attack misdiagnosis lawyers today if we can help you with your case. Remember, there are never legal
fees of any kind unless we are successful on your behalf.