Heart Attack Misdiagnosis
Having a heart attack is one of the scariest moments in anyone’s life. The signs of a heart attack are not always obvious to a layperson, however. It is the job of medical professionals, typically in the emergency room, to identify and diagnose a heart attack in a timely manner. Failure to correctly diagnose a heart attack can have devastating consequences.
At the San Jose medical malpractice law firm of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we are experienced in handling cases involving heart attack misdiagnosis. Our knowledgeable attorneys are well-versed in medical protocols. With the assistance of experienced medical professionals, we will carefully evaluate the circumstances of your case and guide you through the legal process.Failure to Diagnose Heart Attacks in California
When a person arrives in the emergency room complaining of chest pains, there are a number of different possible diagnoses. Determining the true source of the pain involves taking a patient’s medical history, a physical examination, blood testing, and an electrocardiogram (EKG). There are specific guidelines and procedures for diagnosing a heart attack. When these guidelines are not followed, mistakes can happen. In a busy emergency room, a heart attack can be misdiagnosed as heartburn or indigestion and the patient can be sent home. In some cases, another condition such as an aortic dissection might be misdiagnosed as a heart attack and improperly treated.
Failing to diagnose a heart attack causes proper treatment to be delayed, which can dramatically lower the chances of a positive outcome for the patient. The longer a heart attack goes untreated, the more damage can be done to the heart in the form of death to cardiac cells (necrosis). This can lead to serious disability or death. Our attorneys understand how serious such a misdiagnosis can be, and we fight to obtain maximum compensation for our clients who have been injured by doctor malpractice.
If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack that was misdiagnosed, contact us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We will go over the circumstances of your case and provide our best assessment of your legal options. From our office in San Jose, CA, we assist clients throughout Northern California.