Missing the Signs of Heart Attack Is Malpractice
Heart attacks are one of the leading causes of death in Ohio. Fortunately, medical and pharmaceutical technology exists that can reduce the risk of heart attack for many patients. There are also treatments that can minimize the long-term damage to the heart once a heart attack is in progress. Unfortunately, however, not everyone receives the proper standard of care.
If you or someone you know has suffered a heart attack and you are concerned that medical malpractice may have played a factor, you should seek the advice of an experienced malpractice attorney.
The three generations of Cleveland heart attack misdiagnosis attorneys at The Lancione Law Firm are among the most successful medical malpractice attorneys in the country and have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for Ohio clients who suffered medical negligence in the diagnosis and treatment of a heart attack or stroke.
Call (440) 220-4439 or email our attorneys today to discuss your options.
When Negligence Results In Heart Attack Injury Or Death, We Can Help
The risks of coronary artery disease and heart attack may develop and build over many years, and there are many drugs and treatments now available to prevent and slow the disease’s progression. Failure to conduct proper screenings, failure to suggest preventative therapies — such as exercise, smoking cessation, proper management of diabetes or healthy weight control — and failure to prescribe statin drugs like Zocor may all be signs of negligent medical care. Doctors may be held accountable for failure to diagnose congenital conditions — such as cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) or cardiomyopathy — that can increase the risk of heart attack.
Although these failures are troublesome, a much more serious form of medical malpractice may occur when a heart attack is misdiagnosed. If a patient gets treatment and has symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, the doctor has a responsibility to fully consider and investigate the complaint. If the doctor fails to do so, the result may be fatal.
If you or a loved one complained of chest pain to an emergency room doctor or primary care physician and was diagnosed with gastritis or heartburn, it may be that the doctor failed to follow the proper procedures of differential diagnosis.
A health care provider should order the appropriate tests, such as stress tests and others in order to confirm or rule out the presence of a heart attack. When symptoms are minimized or mistaken for another cause, or when health care providers fail to consider all possibilities, provide sub-standard care, or make an error in procedure or treatment, negligence may have occurred. When you have suffered from this kind of medical negligence, it is important that you seek the help of experienced Cleveland heart attack misdiagnosis attorneys.
Call Us If You Believe Your Heart Attack Could Have Been Prevented
For a free initial consultation about your situation involving a heart attack, please contact our Ohio cardiac arrest lawyers online or call (440) 220-4439. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Youngstown and other communities throughout Ohio.