Medical Malpractice Lawyer For Heart Attacks

Doctors are trusted with the responsibility of monitoring our health, treating medical conditions and advising us of things we can do to prevent serious conditions for which we are at risk. However, too often, negligent medical care results in delayed treatment of serious conditions or undiagnosed conditions. This doctor negligence can cause a patient to suffer even more severe health problems, such as a heart attack or stroke.

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, there may be a valid reason to investigate the care provided by your physician, emergency room staff or other treating medical professionals. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates to discuss your situation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Were Early Heart Attack Signs And Symptoms Ignored?

Most people are aware of the more obvious symptoms of a heart attack (chest pain or tightening, back pain, or pain radiating in the arm) and immediately go to the emergency room. Once in the emergency room, patients may be overlooked or symptoms may be misdiagnosed as indigestion or a lung problem. This emergency room negligence can cause the individual to suffer a severe or life-threatening heart attack after leaving the care of emergency room staff.

Was Negligent Emergency Room Care The Cause Of Your Injury?

An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can have the situation thoroughly investigated to expose the negligence of the staff. Were proper tests performed to rule out a heart attack? Was there adequate emergency room staffing to attentively listen to the patient's concerns and evaluate his or her symptoms? Did the hospital leave the patient waiting for hours and hours without having a nurse or doctor assessing his or her condition? If not, the emergency room staff and medical facility may be held liable for injury or death that resulted from their negligence.

Delayed Heart Attack Treatment — Were Risk Factors Addressed?

Diagnosis and treatment of the underlying heart problem can be an effective method to avoid unnecessary heart attacks. Recognizing the risk factors is often the easiest way for a doctor to treat and prevent these underlying heart problems.

  • Heart disease: Heart disease is a leading killer of Americans. However, if the treating physician is aware of the risk factors, the disease may be treated — reducing the risk for heart attack.
  • Coronary artery disease: Coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries) can reduce the amount of oxygen rich blood that flows to the heart. When coronary artery disease escalates to the point that the narrow arteries completely block the flow of blood to the heart, the individual suffers a heart attack. However, if the physician recognizes the problem and diagnoses coronary artery disease, the heart problem may be fixed through special medical treatment — reducing the risk for a heart attack.

Call To Talk To A Lawyer About Your Heart Attack

In many cases, something can be done to prevent an impending heart attack. In others, prompt medical treatment during or after a heart attack may minimize the damage to the heart muscle caused by the heart attack. If your doctor failed to provide adequate care, we can help you hold the doctor accountable.

If you or a loved one has been affected by a heart attack, please discuss the situation with an experienced lawyer at our Toledo law firm. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates today.