Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack

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North Dakota Lawyers Fighting for Patients When Doctors Fail to Diagnose a Heart Attack

Obtaining compensation for the harms of a misdiagnosed heart attack

Every year, more than 730,000 Americans suffer from heart attacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is the leading cause of death in this country. These serious medical incidents are life-threatening, and timely treatment is extremely important for survival. When physicians fail to properly diagnose a heart attack, they place patients at a significant risk of death by denying them the treatment they desperately need.

A physician who misdiagnoses a heart attack may be liable for the damages and losses suffered by the victims and their families. At Larson Law Firm P.C., we focus on protecting the rights and well-being of diagnostic error victims. With more than 35 years of experience handling complex injury cases, our seasoned North Dakota medical malpractice lawyers have the skill and knowledge to pursue compensation for all of your financial and emotional losses.

Consequences of a misdiagnosed heart attack

A misdiagnosed heart attack can lead to extensive complications. Our skilled legal team serves victims who experience significant medical conditions following an incorrect heart attack diagnosis, including:

  • Additional discomfort. Even “minor” heart attacks cause significant pain and discomfort to their victims. Without the proper treatment, a patient’s suffering may extend unnecessarily.
  • Life-changing medical conditions. Heart attacks may lead to lasting medical conditions, including brain injuries, loss of motor function and more. Left untreated, a heart attack victim may suffer catastrophic conditions that could have been avoided.
  • Wrongful death. People who have already had a heart attack, or who have a history of heart disease, are more likely to have another attack. Without adequate and timely treatment, a heart attack is very likely to be fatal.

The consequences of a heart attack diagnosis error are significant, making it important that physicians correctly and quickly identify and treat the condition. When they fail to meet this duty, we hold them accountable for their negligence.

How do heart attack misdiagnosis cases occur?

Physicians diagnose medical conditions based on the patient’s symptoms. Patients often present to the emergency room with sudden pain or discomfort, but they may also demonstrate symptoms during a routine medical examination. Physicians are responsible for recognizing the most common signs and symptoms of a heart attack, including:

  • Pain or discomfort in the chest, neck or abdominal region
  • Shortness of breath
  • Blackouts or fainting
  • Anxiety or irrational fear
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Feeling light-headed

Unfortunately, these symptoms are common across several serious medical conditions, so a physician may wrongly diagnose the patient with something other than a heart attack. If you were misdiagnosed at Ashley Medical Center, Sanford Medical Center, or any hospital or emergency center, our skilled lawyers fight for the rights of patients.

Contact our North Dakota firm to learn more about your rights as a victim of medical malpractice

At Larson Law Firm P.C., we represent victims and families who have suffered losses resulting from a physician’s failure to diagnose a heart attack. We provide legal services to injured parties across North Dakota, including the residents of Ward, Williams, McKenzie, Pierce, and Mountrail Counties. Our Minot office is easily accessible with convenient parking available. If you or a loved one was injured by the misdiagnosis of a heart attack, complete our contact form or call us at 701-484-HURT to schedule a free consultation.

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