Thinking you might be having a heart attack is frightening enough. Despite all the improvements in heart attack treatments, many patients believe that they are going to die. But to be told that you have indigestion and be sent home, only to have your symptoms grow worse is more than frightening; it's maddening. Your cardiac problems may have progressed past the point of being responsive to preventive action, such as stents or blood thinners. Physicians focus instead on minimizing the damage to your heart and keeping you alive.
Patients who suffer further injury because of a physician's failure to diagnose a heart attack may have recourse. At our Chicago law firm, The Jasmer Law Firm, our principal lawyer has helped many clients who were injured as a result of medical negligence such as failing to diagnose a heart attack. He has been able to obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other costs and damages they experienced.
Our firm also undertakes wrongful death claims for clients whose loved ones died as a result of this type of medical malpractice. Our lawyer and staff are sensitive to our clients' grief and know that no amount of money will stop that. However, we also know that having financial resources that provide time to heal can relieve the anxiety and uncertainty that follow an unexpected death.
How Does Heart Attack Misdiagnosis Happen?
Clients often ask, "How could this happen?" The answer is that it usually happens when a doctor does not follow the accepted standard of care. This type of negligence is usually the root cause when a physician does not:
- Read the EKG correctly
- Take a full health and family history
- Verify the presenting symptoms
- Admit patient despite strong indicators on EKGs or other tests
- Administer enzyme tests
- Administer clot-dissolving drugs in a timely way
- Perform imaging tests
Contact an Illinois Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyer
The Jasmer Law Firm offers free initial consultations, is available for evening and weekend appointments, and can come to your hospital or home if needed. We don't charge attorney fees unless we obtain monetary compensation for you after a failure to diagnose a heart attack. Contact Chicago lawyer David S. Jasmer, call 312-386-7011 or 866-920-6021.