Did you know that approximately 1.5 million heart attacks occur in the United States every year with 11,000 of them being improperly diagnosed? That means that our trusted teams of health providers and medical professionals are overlooking some very serious and also some very mild heart attack symptoms, causing a critical delay in diagnosis. This is known as heart attack misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis, and it is grounds for a medical malpractice suit.
If you or a loved one was harmed in any way due to the delay or misdiagnosis of a heart attack, our doctor attorneys at Gershon, Willoughby & Getz, LLC are here to help. With years of experience under our belt seeking justice for those who have been wronged by way of a misdiagnosis, rest assured that your voice will be heard when you have our team by your side.
Below you will find some common instances in which a person might undergo a heart attack misdiagnosis, and what to do if you find yourself or someone else in this situation.
Who is Responsible For a Heart Attack Misdiagnosis?
It’s not unusual for people who are experiencing chest pain or any other classic heart attack symptoms to rush over to their local hospital. Once you arrive and are triaged, it is up to the slew of medical professionals including ER physicians, nurses, consulting cardiologists, amongst others, who are most at fault when it comes to diagnosing a heart attack in a timely fashion.
Other medical providers, like a family doctor, general practitioner, an urgent care doctor, and diagnostic professionals could also misdiagnosis symptoms of a heart attack and land the patient and them in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
How Does This Misdiagnosis Even Happen?
In the unlikely event that a heart attack misdiagnosis happens, it’s usually the patient’s doctor who mistakes atypical heart attack symptoms as less dangerous medical problems. Some of these symptoms include
- Acid Reflux
- An anxiety attack
Another big factor in the misdiagnosis of heart attacks is simply that the heart attack victim doesn’t fit the profile of someone at risk and is overlooked. Younger demographics and women are often the two groups that health professionals do not see as “fitting the profile.”
What Can I Do If I Am a Victim?
If you or someone you know has recently suffered a heart attack that was improperly diagnosed causing them mild to severe distress, call our misdiagnosis and cerebral palsy malpractice lawyers at Gershon, Willoughby & Getz, LLC today.