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Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack

Punitive Damages

While most doctors and healthcare providers should be familiar with heart attack symptoms, this life-threatening condition often goes undiagnosed. If an individual suffers a heart attack, there is no time to lose. Doctors who fail to diagnose a heart attack in time may cause their patients to suffer severe complications, including stroke or death. Healthcare professionals who miss clear heart attack symptoms often act negligently. 

If a medical professional in Massachusetts fails to diagnose your heart attack promptly, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Attorneys, our attorneys are familiar with all areas of medical malpractice law. They are ready to apply their extensive knowledge and skills to your unique case. We are committed to holding negligent healthcare providers fully accountable as you focus on your healing and recovery. To schedule a free consultation with a talented medical malpractice attorney, call us today at 617-391-9001 or complete our online contact form

Examples of Negligence in a Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack Case

To prove that your doctor acted negligently when failing to diagnose your heart attack, your case must meet specific standards of proof. One of the most crucial elements to any medical malpractice case is establishing that your doctor breached their professional standard of care. Put simply, they did not behave as other qualified healthcare professionals would in a similar situation. Some examples of negligence in a failure to diagnose a heart attack case include the following:

  • Disregarding your history or heart attack risk factors
  • Ruling out a heart attack based on the patient’s age 
  • Failing to identify heart attack symptoms
  • Failure to perform or order necessary diagnostic testing
  • Neglecting to take detailed patient notes
  • Failure to communicate the patient’s condition and risk factors to the patient or their families
  • Misdiagnosing a heart attack as a non-life threatening condition

If you or a beloved family member suffered severe consequences due to a missed heart attack diagnosis, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we will investigate every detail of your case to determine the cause of your injuries as well as who should be held liable for the full extent of your losses.

Who May Be Held Liable for Delaying or Failing to Diagnose a Heart Attack in Massachusetts?

Heart attack misdiagnosis cases can be complex, and more than one party may bear liability for your pain, suffering, and other losses. A few possible liable parties in a missed or delayed heart attack diagnosis case include the following:

  • Hospitals or independent emergency rooms
  • Registered nurses, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners
  • Cardiologists or other specialists
  • Family doctors or primary care physicians
  • Lab technicians

Your attorney will collect evidence for your claim and help ensure each liable party is held fully accountable for their negligent actions. When you work with Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, you can trust us to leave no stone unturned as we fight for justice on your behalf. 

Possible Damages Available Through a Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack Claim

The compassionate attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Attorneys understand the devastation of failing to diagnose a heart attack on victims and their families. When a heart attack goes undiagnosed, victims may suffer severe and even fatal consequences. If you or someone you love suffered life-altering injuries due to the negligence of a healthcare professional, you deserve to be compensated for the full extent of your physical, emotional, and financial losses. A few types of damages your attorney may be able to help you recover include the following:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and earning potential
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment in life
  • Significant disability or disfigurement
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

Your attorney will investigate your case to determine which damages you may be eligible to receive through your malpractice claim. Our lawyers will work with you to understand the effects of the malpractice on your daily life to help you pursue compensation for your current and future needs. 

Entrust Your Case to a Highly-Qualified Medical Malpractice Attorney at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers

When a heart attack goes undiagnosed, victims and their families often suffer severe and sometimes fatal consequences. If you sustained losses due to a healthcare professional’s reckless or careless behavior in Massachusetts, you deserve to have an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your corner. The skilled medical malpractice team at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers is committed to helping our clients navigate the complex claims process and achieve favorable outcomes for their claims. 

Our award-winning team includes attorneys Tucker J. Merrigan, Victoria M. Santoro Mair, Jennifer M. Gray, and Kyle A. Camilleri. These accomplished attorneys devote 100% of their practices to litigation and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars of compensation for their clients. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, call us today at 617-391-9001 or complete our online contact form.

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