A heart attack occurs in the US every 34 seconds, and an American dies from one every minute.
Heart disease is our nation’s number one killer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately600,000 Americans diefrom heart disease annually; that’s one in four of all deaths nationwide. Unfortunately, there are times where heart attacks can be preventable but a misdiagnosis might have occurred. When this does happen, a qualified Phoenix heart attack lawyer can help you build a powerful case to hold your doctors accountable for their actions.
Not every heart attack is the painful, chest-clutching event portrayed in the media. Women, especially, tend to manifest different symptoms—often extreme fatigue, indigestion, neck, jaw, and back pain, nausea, vomiting, and light-headedness— resulting in their heart attacks going undiagnosed or wrongly diagnosed as a digestive problem. Every doctor needs to be aware of the various different symptoms that may indicate a heart attack in progress, and should be especially aware of sex-related differences in presenting complaints.
The Incidence of Heart Attack Misdiagnosis
While most emergency room physicians are competent and careful to fully evaluate all symptoms and take a medical history to uncover heart attack risk factors, research published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that one in every 50 heart attack victims visiting an emergency room with heart attack symptoms is erroneously send home. These errors made by emergency room physicians can drastically affect the patient’s health outcome. Many of these are either women or younger people. With today’s epidemic of obesity, risk factors for heart disease are showing up in ever increasing numbers of younger Americans, previously thought to be at low risk for heart attack.
Heart attacks may be misdiagnosed as heartburn, acid reflux, anxiety, peptic ulcer, gallstones, bronchitis, pneumonia, or muscle strain. When a diagnosis is missed, death or permanent damage to the heart may result.
When Missing a Diagnosis is Medical Malpractice
A doctor in Arizona who fails to diagnose a heart attack in progress may be found liable for medical malpractice. Heart attack is such a common and serious occurrence that every emergency physician is expected to know the various symptoms and procedures to follow when these symptoms appear. Failing to follow proper procedure may be a breach of the standard of care that any reasonable Arizona physician is expected to deliver.
If you or someone you love suffered a heart attack that was misdiagnosed, resulting in worsening health or wrongful death, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your damages by filing a medical malpractice action against the doctor or hospital that made the error. However, you should be aware that all medical malpractice law suits are complex and challenging in Phoenix, requiring the services of an attorney with extensive and specific experience in pursuing malpractice claims. An expert Phoenix heart attack lawyer should:
Understand medical terminology
Be familiar with standards of medical practice in Arizona
Understand what diagnostic tests and medical procedures are available to identify heart attacks
Have access to expert medical professionals who can review medical records, testify regarding standards of care, and provide assistance in the preparation of your case, supporting and documenting your claim
Have a record of obtaining significant medical malpractice recovery awards for clients
Legal Counsel for Medical Malpractice in the Phoenix Area
If you are a Phoenix area resident and feel that you or a family member has suffered from a missed heart attack diagnosis or other medical error, you will find the experienced legal representation you’re looking for at the law firm of Knapp & Roberts. Our top-rated Phoenix injury attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for clients in many types of medical malpractice actions. We work with respected physicians and other medical experts who assist in our investigation of your situation and help us document the proof of malpractice needed to obtain a settlement or judgment in your favor.
At Knapp & Roberts PLC, we are passionate about improving outcomes for Arizona patients by forcing negligent, careless, and incompetent doctors and hospitals to take responsibility and be held accountable for their wrongdoing. A trusted Phoenix medical malpractice attorney at the firm is committed to justice for those whose trust in a member of the medical profession has been violated, or who have lost their lives or their health because of the incompetence of professionals.
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