Cardiac Medical Malpractice: How It Happens
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking nearly 400,000 lives each year; it is the leading cause of death for women in the United States (more than all cancer deaths combined), according to the American Heart Association.
While these statistics are terrifying, it is even more terrifying that some of them could have been prevented. Cardiac medical malpractice occurs when a patient is misdiagnosed or mistreated when they have a heart condition.
Cardiac medical malpractice can take many forms, including:
-When a patient complains of chest pains/tightness and the complaints are ignored or minimized by a treating physician,
-Failure to place enough importance on family medical history
-Failure to refer to an appropriate cardiac specialist
-Failure to investigate patient’s complaints with an electrocardiogram (EKG) or misinterpreting the results of the EKG
-Delayed treatment of heart attack where the patient would have had a better outcome
The experienced lawyers at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan want you to go to the emergency room if you suspect a heart attack.
If you have questions about the cardiac care you or a loved one received, see if you have a case or call our office immediately.