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Heart attacks are becoming more treatable than ever before, thanks to advances in cardiac care. You might think that the safest place for a person with signs of cardiac arrest would be a hospital or doctor’s office, but this is not always the case. Physicians are trained to identify the symptoms of heart attack and should be able to order the right tests, as well as interpret the test results correctly. But the fact is that every year, too many innocent patients suffering from a heart attack don’t get the critical treatment they deserve due to physician oversight. The malpractice lawyers at Chávez Law Group help victims of negligent medical care fight for compensation from careless physicians who should have diagnosed their heart attack.
Symptoms of Heart Attack
The sooner a heart attack is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated and the less likely the patient is to suffer heart muscle damage. The following symptoms may go overlooked or mistaken for another condition:
- Chest pain
- Discomfort in any area of the upper body
- Shortness of breath
- Cold, clammy skin
How Heart Attacks Get Overlooked
Careless mistakes can be life-threatening when it comes to diagnosing cardiac events; this type of medical malpractice often leaves patients with permanent severe heart and organ damage. There are a variety of reasons a patient who is having or recently experienced a cardiac event does not get diagnosed properly, such as:
- Miscommunication between medical professionals
- Test result mix-ups
- EKG, echocardiogram, CT heart scan, MRI, and other testing equipment errors
- Failure to order chest X-ray and other diagnostic tests
- Incorrect evaluation of stress tests
- Physician fatigue
- Physician intoxication
Legal Help for Malpractice
If your family has been affected by this type of medical mistake, consider sharing your situation with an experienced attorney who can investigate and file a claim for you. The exceptional legal team at Chávez Law Group has represented many of these cases successfully, helping to hold careless, inattentive physicians accountable for failing to diagnose heart attack.
If you or a loved one suffered from a cardiac event that should have been diagnosed by a physician in an emergency room, urgent care center, or doctor’s office, let Chávez Law Group help you build a malpractice case. Please contact our skilled legal team today for expert legal advice and a caring approach to your legal issues. We are proud to offer free case evaluations for all clients.