Recover Compensation for the Misdiagnosis of a Heart Attack with the Help of a Medical Malpractice Attorney at Our Firm

As expert birth injury, cerebral palsy, and medical malpractice attorneys, we here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, would like to let you know that although heart attacks are a common medical emergency, many aren’t detected until the last minute, or even right before and/or after death occurs. Therefore, if you suspect that you or someone you know has suffered because a heart attack was misdiagnosed, it’s important for you to speak with an attorney to discover if that was truly the case, and if you or your loved one are entitled to any compensation.

A Heart Attack Misdiagnosis – Happens More Than You May Think

All throughout the year, millions of people all over the United States visit their family doctors or emergency rooms because they are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, and many other warning signs of heart attacks. However, because some of these symptoms can be the signs of other ailments or conditions, many healthcare providers fail to diagnose heart attacks and thus send the patient on his or her way without the proper treatment.

Why are patients sometimes not diagnosed as having a heart attack and/or with the potential of having one in the future?

As we mentioned above, some healthcare specialists view the signs as being a caused by something else. Additionally, the signs that a woman is suffering from a heart attack are sometimes different than what a man would exhibit and vice versa.

Some studies have even shown that women have been misdiagnosed because they indicated that they were suffering from fatigue, vomiting/nausea, and light-headedness that they and their physicians unfortunately believed were caused by other non-threatening illnesses. The fact of the matter is, just because a woman (or another person) is not experiencing the “typical” signs of a heart attack such as chest, shoulder, jaw, neck, or arm pain, and shortness of breath, that doesn’t mean a heart attack should be automatically ruled out.

In fact, a good healthcare provider would consider the symptoms along with your age, whether you’ve had previous heart conditions, overall medical history, lifestyle choices, the medications you take, and many other factors. When it all comes down to it, the healthcare provider should have carefully assessed your current condition and run any tests to determine whether or not you are suffering from, or are at risk of suffering from a heart attack in the future.

If you believe that you or a loved one suffered a heart attack because it was misdiagnosed, or have a loved one who died from a heart attack that could have been prevented, please reach out to our firm to schedule a complimentary consultation. To learn more about the medical malpractice and birth defect attorneys on our team, please also browse our site, or give us a call.

 

 

 

 

 

Acting on Instinct: Allowing an Attorney to Investigate Your Suspected Medical Malpractice Situation

It is tragic when you or someone you unconditionally love experiences a life-altering disease or health condition. Patients trust the medical professionals providing them with care to help them improve. However, there are instances in the medical field where the patient’s worsened health is at the fault of a practitioner’s mistake. Medical errors don’t happen all the time, but they can and do happen.

 

Heavy consequences can occur from medical malpractice. One simple medical blunder could cause a patient’s health to decline quickly or even worse, cause the patient to lose their life. Although it is a devastating circumstance, it the patient’s right to file a lawsuit so that they can receive compensation for the monetary damages that can’t be undone.

 

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What’s even more unfortunate, is when patients who suspect that their situation may have been caused by medical malpractice never act on their intuition. They may feel scared or not ready to face the truth. Or, they may feel like their situation isn’t enough to warrant a case. But, there are experienced birth injury lawyers that are available and ready to not only hear your story, but to also aggressively fight hard for your rights, no matter what.

 

You cannot determine if you have a medical malpractice case unless you try. Consult with one of our skilled attorneys, who will assess your story and examine the facts to determine if you have a case.

 

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Recently, an individual who feels that their loved one may be a victim of medical malpractice approached our law firm – Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC – to have their situation assessed. The client’s relative had been diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), which is a bleeding disorder. With this type of condition, the immune system kills platelets needed for normal blood clotting. Because of this issue, the body can easily bruise and bleed excessively.

 

 

It is crucial that an aggressive treatment management approach is in action for people with ITP to maintain and improve their health. Excellent care for ITP entails close monitoring of the person’s health, as well as any symptoms that may arise. Our client’s relative had come down with a headache, and passed away sometime afterward. Headaches associated with ITP could mean that the person is suffering from intracranial hemorrhage, which is a rare complication that is linked to the condition. A biopsy report determined that the relative’s headache was, in fact, the symptom of intracranial hemorrhage, which led to her passing.

 

Our law firm is currently investigating this situation to find out if the person’s passing was at the hands of medical malpractice. As doctor-turned-lawyers, we combine our knowledge of the law and medical field, along with using the extensive resources available to us, to conduct an in-depth investigation for our clients.

 

Whether your situation involved cerebral palsy, a birth injury, or other health condition, we can help you find the closure you need to live the highest quality of life. Consult with us today if you feel that your or a loved one may have been a victim of medical malpractice.
 

 

An Underlying Cause of Misdiagnosis: Misread Medical Tests

What happens when a doctor misreads an x-ray, ultrasound, or medical test? The consequences vary and can lead to serious injury or death. Studies show that medical mistakes account for more than 10,000 deaths a year in the United States, as well as thousands of injuries. Among those healthcare errors, misread medical information is the root of many delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis situations.

 

Here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, our lawyers, who are well-versed in handling cerebral palsy lawsuits, have come across cases involving the failure to read a piece of crucial medical data accurately. In one case, our lawyers represented a mother whose prenatal ultrasound was read wrongly. This led to an unfortunate outcome. In another case we are currently handling, the radiologist misread a patient’s nuclear medicine scan.

 

Types of Misread Medical Tests

 

Medical testing is an essential aspect of diagnosing injuries and illnesses. Some of these tests include:

 

  • MRIs
  • X-rays
  • Allergy tests
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Blood pressure tests
  • Blood tests
  • Testing for HIV/AIDs and STDs
  • Fertility tests
  • CT-Scans
  • PET-Scans
  • Bone scans
  • Tumor and cancer biopsies
  • Amniocentesis for detecting fetal abnormalities
  • Ultrasounds
  • Mammograms
  • Cancer screenings

 

The Consequences of Misread Tests

When one or more of these tests are not evaluated correctly, many possible outcomes can ensue. Not only do the results of the tests detect conditions and injuries, but they also provide the patient with information about their health and act as a guide for determining the best treatment approach. So when one test is misread, it can cause the medical mistake to elongate into other factors. By misreading a test, a serious illness can be completely missed, allowing the condition to worsen. Sometimes a misread test can result in the administering of the wrong medication or treatment. A patient might not be given treatment at all because of this error. In the most tragic circumstances, a patient may die from misdiagnosis of an illness that could have otherwise been prevented.

 

If you feel that you or a loved one may have been harmed due to the misreading of a medical test, consult with one of our birth injury cerebral palsy lawyers from Baltimore, MD. You deserve to understand your legal rights and obtain an award from the one who is responsible for the suffering they caused. Contact our law firm, Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, today for a complimentary consultation.

Inhaling the Facts: Too Much Oxygen is Just as Deadly as Not Enough Oxygen

Take a deep breath. Now exhale. Feel better? Many people don’t stop to appreciate the endless supply of air on our planet – one of the necessities we absolutely cannot live without. We can go days without food or water but if there’s no oxygen entering our bodies every second, there’s no chance for survival.

 

So when a medical emergency arises, breathing and pulse rate are considered to be two of the most prime vital signs medical professionals tend to. Many conditions and health issues such as infection, congenital heart disease, brain blood vessel abnormality, and cardiovascular collapse can lead to oxygen problems.

 

What is Hypoxia and Hyperoxemia?

When the body is deprived of oxygen, it is called hypoxia. Interestingly enough, the ironic thing about needing oxygen to breathe is that although we need it, it can also be our kryptonite. You see, in some cases, oxygen can also be deadly. When a patient receives too much oxygen, they can suffer from hyperoxemia – a condition in which the body garners an excessive amount of oxygen.

 

Brain Damage at Birth from Hypoxia or Hyperoxemia

These conditions are often associated with birth injuries, sometimes due to medical mistakes. If the doctors neglect to monitor the baby’s oxygen supply, or fail to diagnose a low pulse rate, hypoxia may occur. In turn, if the doctor is attempting to resuscitate a baby, allowing oxygen into the lungs for a prolonged period can result in hyperoxemia.

 

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Hypoxia and hyperoxemia are both deadly conditions and can result in severe brain damage, bringing about health conditions like cerebral palsy.
While checkup appointments are necessary for monitoring the baby’s growth throughout the pregnancy, labor is the most critical time for ensuring the baby’s health. Babies can experience hypoxia if:

 

  • The baby’s airway is blocked
  • The umbilical cord compresses or prolapses during labor or delivery
  • The birth process is long or difficult
  • The uterus ruptures
  • The mother’s blood pressure is too low or too high
  • The mother’s blood has an insufficient amount of oxygen
  • The infant has anemia

 

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  • Performing an emergency C-section
  • Resuscitation
  • Hypo-or-hyperthermia management
  • Fluid management
  • Ensuring adequate ventilation
  • Cooling therapy

 

If your child suffered a brain injury at birth, it might be beneficial for you to speak with a cerebral palsy attorney to see if you have a case. Our law firm is highly experienced in representing cases involving birth injuries. Call us today to speak with one of our Baltimore-based cerebral palsy injury lawyers.

Worst Case Scenario: Amputation as a Result of Medical Neglect

Currently, approximately two million people in America are living with an amputation. Amputations are known to be caused by tragic incidents like car accidents and military combat. These types of catastrophic events usually entail amputation because of a severe injury, where there is no way to avoid losing the limb. Medical malpractice, however, is a different story.

 

When the amputation is caused by a medical practitioner’s mistake, the consequences are just as devastating – but knowing that the limb could have been saved haunts forever. Most medical malpractice situations involving amputations are caused by neglect or wrongful surgery. The medical professional may have failed to diagnose that the arm or leg is infected, or performed surgery on the wrong patient or limb.

 

Other amputation medical malpractice circumstances include:

 

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Information mix-up or chart errors
  • Surgical sponge was left in the limb
  • Postoperative blood clots were not treated
  • Wrongfully administered medication

 

Medical neglect is more common than you may think, and the reason why we are bringing light to the issue is because we are handling not one, but two leg amputation cases both involving neglect. The individuals were not diagnosed by their podiatrist, who failed to look into the pain further. The neglect led to the amputation of the leg in both cases. Our lawyers are representing the claims, devising legal strategies for each aimed towards getting them the settlement they deserve.

 

Dealing with an amputation can be a devastating experience, emotionally and physically. The removal of the arm, leg, finger, or toe is not only disfiguring, but is permanently disabling. Recovery is a slow process, and the familiar way of living must be altered to accommodate the missing limb. On top of that, amputees must face paying for medical bills, their prosthetic, and any other living finances. Recovering compensation for the medical mistake – if it is determined that there is one – provides immense assistance to the amputee.

 

While we handle many types of cerebral palsy claim cases, we are also extremely savvy in medical malpractice claims across the spectrum. We are passionate about helping our clients and will stop at nothing to fight for their rights. When filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice of an amputation, there are a number of parties that can be sued.

 

  • Doctor
  • Surgeon
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Podiatrist
  • Hospital

 

Fortunately, those who have had an amputation usually regain much functionality and mobility and can re-enter the workforce once they have healed. However, life isn’t quite the same. Therefore, if you feel that your amputation was caused by medical malpractice, you should consult with a cerebral palsy injury lawyer here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC. We can give you a leg up regarding your medical malpractice situation. Give us a call today.