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Can Delayed Diagnosis Or Misdiagnosis Be Considered Medical Malpractice in Miami?

Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis are extreme risks because time is a major factor in heart attack cases. Timely and correct diagnosis is critical to saving the patient, together with quick action: angioplasty, clot-bursting drugs, beta-blockers, etc. are some of the immediate treatments necessary.

One of the worst mistakes that a medical practitioner could make in a heart attack case is to delay the diagnosis or to misdiagnose the patient. This is because time is a major factor in heart attack cases. According to one study, the risk that a heart attack will occur is twice as high when a delay exists in detecting the symptoms.

Even when a heart attack does not occur, delay in diagnosis can result in other similarly bad complications. When a patient is misdiagnosed and is sent back home, the chances are that they will be readmitted. Unfortunately, it may be too late to arrest the impending heart failure.

The reason timely diagnosis is critical is that the patient needs to receive treatment very fast.

  • Angioplasty is the most common treatment that is used in opening up blocked arteries. This can save a patient’s heart from dying permanently. Failure to move fast can easily result in a malpractice case.
  • Other interventions include receiving Clot-bursting drugs,
  • Receiving aspirin on arrival and on leaving the hospital,
  • A dose of beta-blocker drugs,
  • And in some cases, ACE inhibitor drugs.

These later steps are mostly done in hospitals where an Angioplasty is not immediately available. This is why a cardiologist should be on duty 24/7 to ensure that quick decisions are taken.
In Miami, Florida if you or your loved one was a victim of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis you can sue for damages.  The statute of limitations for Florida medical malpractice claims is two years from the date on which you discovered that you were a victim of misdiagnosing or delayed diagnose. The Miami based Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary is here for you, to provide you help to understand the process of your claim.

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