Florida Heart Attack Misdiagnosis Lawyers
Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack Lawsuits
You have the right to expect your medical provider to exercise care and prudence when diagnosing your symptoms to reach an accurate conclusion in a reasonable amount of time. When the proper diagnostic steps and tools are not used when you have arrived in urgent care with heart attack symptoms, it can put your life in jeopardy.
If you are now suffering serious complications because your doctor failed to diagnose your heart attack due to an avoidable mistake, then you should consider how to pursue fair compensation through a lawsuit. Call (813) 993-1448 to connect with Gunn Law Group in Tampa, FL. Our team can help you explore your rights and determine if you have the grounds to file a claim against an individual medical practitioner, an entire medical group, or both.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Five heart attack symptoms experienced in most cases are:
- Sudden chest pain and discomfort
- Full body weakness or lightheadedness
- Back, neck, and back pain
- Arm and shoulder pain, sometimes in just one limb
- Short or sharp breaths
Heart attacks can take only a few minutes to unfold, or they can take several hours. Some of the symptoms mentioned could be experienced for the better part of a day, and you might not pass out or collapse from a heart attack. However, all heart attacks require urgent medical attention and can cause lingering complications and health risks if not treated properly.
Heart attack survivors may experience the following complications and more:
- Blood pressure issues
- Labored breathing
- Dizzy spells
- Increased risk of subsequent heart attacks
How a Doctor Should Diagnose a Heart Attack
Most heart attacks – or myocardial infarctions (MI) – are caused by an artery blockage or sudden drop in blood flow entering the heart. Medical professionals need to identify what and where the issue is that caused the heart attack. There are various tests that should be conducted once a patient’s symptoms are recognized, including blood tests, external imaging, and internal monitoring through needle-point cameras.
Mistakes Doctors Make When Seeing a Heart Attack Patient
The symptoms of a heart attack can be mistaken as other health issues if your doctor does not pay close enough attention to what medical evidence is telling them. In some cases, a heart attack is misdiagnosed as chest pain, inflamed cartilage in the ribcage, or even heartburn. A medical team can also endanger a patient by not scheduling any tests to rule out serious conditions. Given that a simple blood draw can sometimes accurately show the telltale signs of a heart attack, it could be medical malpractice if your doctor did not bother to conduct further tests when you were complaining of heart attack symptoms.
Seek Justice for You & Your Family
Gunn Law Group in Florida can help you seek justice and compensation if your doctor did not diagnose your heart attack and your health worsened because of it. We also offer our compassionate legal guidance and moral support to clients who lost a loved one due to an undiagnosed heart attack. Discover what legal options might be available to you and your family by contacting our firm at your next opportunity.