Heart attacks are a leading cause of fatalities for both men and women, and they are also one of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions in emergency rooms. Each year, people die and emergency room malpractice claims are launched in Miami and across South Florida due to misdiagnosed heart attacks. On a national scale, 1.2 million Americans die each year due to misdiagnosed heart attacks. In many cases, these deaths are preventable.
If you have suffered serious complications because your heart attack was misdiagnosed, you may be able to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim in Miami or your community. Compensation from your claim can help you pay for medical costs, at home care, lost wages, and other damages. If you have lost a loved one due to a heart attack misdiagnosis, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Miami or your community. To discuss your legal options and your rights, you can always contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation consultation. An experienced personal injury attorney can review your situation with you.Why is Heart Attack Misdiagnosis So Common?
Heart attack symptoms vary from person to person but can include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pain, sometimes radiating out to the neck and arms
- Pressure or discomfort in the chest
- Extreme fatigue
- Discomfort in the stomach, neck, back, jaw, or arms
- Feelings of anxiety or dread
Unfortunately, these symptoms vary widely and in many cases are very similar to symptoms that people experience due to the flu, panic attacks, pneumonia, anxiety, and a host of other less serious ailments. As a result, doctors will sometimes incorrectly misdiagnose a heart attack as something less significant and will send a patient home rather than administering life-saving tests such as:
- Blood tests
- Chest x-rays
- CT imaging
- Stress tests
- Cardiac markers
- Blood tests
- Heart catheterization
These tests can help a doctor notice that a patient’s heart is in distress, but a doctor may be reckless and not order any tests, assuming that the patient is suffering from a relatively minor ailment. In some cases, doctor run tests but lab errors or misreading of ECG results means that patients are misdiagnosed. In cases where a patient does not receive life-saving help in time, they will likely die as the heart tissue dies from lack of oxygen. Even treatment delays of a few minutes can prove fatal in the case of a heart attack.
If you have suffered a serious heart attack and you believe that your condition was misdiagnosed, you do have legal options. To find out more, contact the Flaxman Law Group to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney. The Flaxman Law Group legal team has helped thousands of personal injury and misdiagnosis plaintiffs in Miami and across South Florida get compensation for their injuries. Pursuing compensation in your case can help you pay for lost income, medical bills, and other expenses. After a serious and misdiagnosed heart attack, you may not be able to return to work due to your injuries, so speaking with the Flaxman Law Group can be an important first step in protecting your future.