Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

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Every year in the United States, 1.1 million people suffer from heart attacks and approximately 460,000 of those attacks result in permanent injury or death. While many heart attack patients receive proper treatment and are able to avoid serious heart damage, too many people become victims of heart attack misdiagnosis and are deprived of the opportunity to fully recover. A heart attack is one of the top five injuries associated with medical malpractice and the condition is frequently misdiagnosed. Even if an individual survives the heart attack, future treatments may not reverse heart damage or other injuries such as paralysis or brain damage that resulted from a misdiagnosis.

Why does heart attack misdiagnosis occur?

Because the symptoms and warning signs of a heart attack are similar to many other medical problems, the condition often goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed . Some signs and symptoms of a heart attack can be confused with symptoms of other conditions such as:

• Angina

• Bronchitis

• Anxiety attack

• Heartburn

• Gallstones

• Esophagitis

Consequences of a heart attack misdiagnosis

A heart attack misdiagnosis can result in devastating consequences including serious life-long injury or even death. These incidents can cause severe physical and emotional pain and suffering as well as result in financial losses. Those who have suffered at the hands of a medical professional may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for their damages including medical bills, lost wages, pain and anguish, and more . A qualified and caring medical malpractice attorney has a wealth of experience handling similar cases and can help protect your legal rights and maximize your interests.

Please contact us today to learn more heart attack misdiagnosis or to speak with a qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorney who can evaluate your case FREE of charge and determine the best course of action for you.

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