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New Jersey Heart Attack Misdiagnosis Attorneys

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosed Heart Attack Lawsuits

Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the USA. A person experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack often goes to the ER, terrified about their symptoms. Sadly, in many cases, heart attacks are brushed off by medical professionals, misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed. The patient may be sent home, and then suffers the serious or deadly consequences of an untreated heart attack.

If you have lost a loved one or suffered a heart attack reduced your quality of life or left you incapacitated or impaired, it is time to engage legal representation from a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney with a record of success. At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we are proud that we have achieved a 98% success rate, and the over $200 million we have recovered for our clients.

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How are Heart Attacks Misdiagnosed?

Both women and men can be the victim of a failure to diagnose a heart attack, or a misdiagnosis when they present certain symptoms to an ER doctor. A heart attack has symptoms that mimic many other health conditions, and a medical professional may wrongly decide that the symptoms do not indicate a heart attack, leading to a health disaster, or death. The symptoms vary widely, and women particularly may present atypical symptoms such as severe anxiety or feelings of impending doom which are diagnosed as a mental condition. The symptoms that are most misdiagnosed include:

  • Chest pain, pressure, tightness, aching
  • Indigestion, heartburn
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness
  • Intense fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw

Failure to Diagnose vs. Misdiagnosis

A medical professional may commit serious errors when evaluating a patient in the ER who presents certain symptoms, with a failure to diagnose, or misdiagnosis of a heart attack. These are two different errors or acts of malpractice. One is when the doctor simply fails to diagnose that the patient is suffering a heart attack, sending them home, and the other is when the symptoms are attributed to another condition, such as acid reflux, psychological problems, and administering treatment for the wrong condition.

Complications: When Heart Attacks are not Diagnosed Correctly

A heart attack leads to the blood flow to the heart being stopped due to a block in an artery. Without immediate medical intervention, the patient can be expected to suffer very serious complications, including:

  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Cardiogenic shock (severely damaged heart muscle)
  • Heart failure
  • Brain damage (memory loss, physical impairments)
  • Death

Is it Medical Malpractice?

A person suffering a heart attack will present symptoms that may mimic other conditions. However, the medical professional evaluating the condition is expected to deliver the “accepted standard of care.” When a person arrives at the ER due to suffering the symptoms of a heart attack, the medical professional may have failed or order diagnostic tests, misread the results of tests, or dismissed the symptoms as being serious due to the age of the person, a preexisting condition, or believing the patient is suffering from psychological distress.

When a doctor does not fully evaluate the condition of a patient with specific symptoms, whether common or atypical, it may be a case of medical malpractice. Ensure your case is evaluated by a skilled New Jersey heart attack malpractice lawyer immediately.

Who is Liable?

The liable parties in a case of misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a heart attack may include an ER doctor or doctors, lab personnel if tests were wrongly performed, a hospital, nurses, or others. A full review of what occurred will allow our attorney at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC to identify all liable parties to name in a lawsuit or claim.

The Experience of Your Attorney Matters

Medical malpractice claims are notoriously difficult to resolve, requiring extensive research, case preparation, witness interviews, and the help of expert medical witnesses, financial experts, and others. At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we devote all our resources to these cases, and are proud to have achieved success in 98% of the cases we have represented. We pursue all possible damages, including the costs of medical care, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and others.

Statute of Limitations in New Jersey in Cases of Medical Malpractice

Under state law, you have two years in which to file a claim in a case of misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a heart attack. It is imperative that you act within the time limits, or you will be forever barred from seeking justice and compensation for what occurred.

Undiagnosed or misdiagnosed heart attack? Connect with Simonson Goodman Platzer PC at (800) 817-5029 today.

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