Heart Attack Miami Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Sean M. Cleary
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Sean M. Cleary
Heart disease has been for many years the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. In Florida, heart disease accounts for 3 out of 10 deaths. A heart attack (myocardial infarction) is usually the result of a coronary artery being blocked by a blood clot. Anyone, old or young, woman or man, any race or ethnicity, can suffer a heart attack. There are over 1.2 million new or recurrent heart attacks every year in the U.S. and over 14K in Florida with an average of 117 heart attack hospitalizations each day. Over 700K people die of heart disease in the U.S. each year. That represents about 27% of all deaths in US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Medical malpractice claims brought by heart attack patients and their families
It's surprising how often doctors and nurses on the front lines do not recognize the signs and symptoms of heart attacks. Tens of thousands of people who go to the E.R. with symptoms of heart attack are told they are fine and are sent home, or are told they have indigestion, GERD, muscle strain, etc. According to some researchers, as many as 2-4% of people who go to the emergency room with a heart attack are discharged without the treatment they desperately need. That includes myocardial infarctions or pre-infarction symptoms. Although heart attack medical malpractice can occur in many ways, the most common types of medical malpractice for heart attack are brought for:
Heart attack misdiagnosis
Delayed heart attack diagnosis
Mismanagement of heart attack treatment
Heart attack malpractice leading to death or permanent heart injury may happen when:
Doctors miss heart attacks because they do not order the tests to determine whether the patient was having a heart attack.
Nurses and doctors are overworked and rushing too fast to take a thorough medical history and perform a thorough exam.
Doctors mess up reading the test results.
Although the heart attack may have been sudden, and obvious, a primary care, family doctor, or even a heart doctor, may have mishandled treatment prior to the heart attack. Mishandled treatment could include not addressing significant heart attack risk factors that should have been treated, preventing the heart attack, prescribing the wrong types or amounts of medications, or missing heart abnormalities that could have been treated to prevent the heart attack.
Many medical professionals in the ER may make a negligent error and fail to diagnose a heart attack in a timely fashion. Studies have shown that some lower-volume emergency rooms may have a higher rate of heart attack misdiagnosis than ERs that treat a higher volume of patients. The reason may be that smaller emergency rooms have less experience with diagnosing heart attacks and have fewer resources to make an accurate diagnosis. Medical professionals in settings other than the ER could also make a negligent diagnosis error. Examples of health care providers who could be responsible for a heart attack misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis include:
Heart attack malpractice injuries and compensation
Failure to make a timely and accurate diagnosis of a heart attack can have serious consequences for the patient. Studies show that missed or delayed heart attack diagnoses are associated with adverse medical outcomes, including death. One study shows that the risk of death roughly doubles if a heart attack is not appropriately diagnosed.
Patients who survive an undiagnosed heart attack or a delayed diagnosis frequently develop more complications than patients who receive a correct diagnosis. A study revealed that nearly three-quarters of patients were readmitted to the hospital after a heart attack was misdiagnosed, while the readmission rate was only 17% for those who were properly diagnosed and initially hospitalized for heart attack treatment.
The amount of compensation for heart attack malpractice injuries depends on their severity. However, claims for stroke usually seek:
How can we help after you've suffered a heart attack malpractice?
At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, our medical malpractice attorney knows how to put together heart attack malpractice cases and seek maximum compensation for victims and their families. We are dedicated to keeping your rights protected and proceeding in a way that emphasizes your interests. Having knowledgeable and experienced advocacy will help to create the best result possible.
Cardiac negligence cases are extremely complex. It is important to select an attorney who understands the legal and medical issues involved and knows how to communicate them clearly. Sean Cleary has years of experience and a record of success in cardiac negligence claims. You can count on our legal team for knowledgeable representation that gets results.
It is imperative not to wait when dealing with a heart attack malpractice situation because the medical negligence statute of limitations is two years from the time the incident occurred in Florida. If you believe medical malpractice may have been involved when you or a loved one sought treatment, contact us immediately to arrange a free initial consultation.
What Is The Standard Of Care For a Heart Attack Case? »
When a physician assumes care of a patient, he or she undertakes a legal duty to abide by a certain standard of care. The traditional standard of care is to exercise the degree of care and skill that a physician or surgeon of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances.
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.
Who Do I Sue In a Heart Attack Medical Malpractice Case? »
In medical malpractice cases, it is usually the attending physician who should be sued, as they are usually independent contractors and not hospital employees. Other medical practitioners, lab technicians etc. can also be sued if they contributed to the injury.
How Can I Define a Heart Attack Medical Malpractice Case? »
Medical practice in the case of heart attack is primarily the situation when the diagnosis is not offered in time to save the patient, despite signs indicating the severity of the condition, or when the doctor fails to administer the right drugs despite the correct diagnosis.
What Is The Statute of Limitations For Filing And Concluding My Heart Attack Misdiagnosis Claim in Florida? »
In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a heart attack medical malpractice claim is 2 years from when the patient either knew or should have known that the injury exists and there is a plausible possibility that it was caused by medical malpractice. Simple cases take up to 6 months to conclude. When the case is complex, it can even take up to 5 years for damages to be paid.