Understanding cardiology malpractice
Posted in Medical Malpractice on November 5, 2018
Proper functioning of the heart is vital to the entire body.
Someone experiencing heart problems or symptoms of a heart attack need an accurate diagnosis and timely treatment.
Unfortunately, mistakes can happen that threaten the health and lives of those dealing with a heart issue:
- Errors may be made during a heart procedure
- The wrong medications may be administered
- Doctors may fail to order the right tests to diagnose a condition
- A heart attack may be misdiagnosed
Any one of these issues could lead to serious health consequences or death.
According to the CDC, diseases of the heart is the leading cause of death in the United States.
While advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease has greatly advanced over the decades, many doctors still make mistakes that can injure or kill their patients.
One common mistake is the failure to recognize the signs of a heart attack. When a patient is experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, proper testing should be done immediately. However, some doctors may ignore these signs or misdiagnose a heart attack because the patient is “too young”, for example.
When a heart patient is injured or killed due to a doctor’s wrongdoing or negligence, the patient or family members may have legal options. However, it can be difficult for patients and family members to recognize medical malpractice. The hospital or clinic may not be forthcoming with information.
If you suspect you or a loved one have suffered due to cardiology malpractice, it is advisable to speak to an attorney as soon as possible to learn about your legal options.