Failure to Diagnose Cardiac Abnormalities

Cardiac disease is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. The term cardiac disease encompasses more than heart attack and includes congenital heart disease, arrhythmia or irregular heart beat, high blood pressure and more. In fact, a study approved by the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research at the University of Michigan indicates that a significant proportion of medical ICU patients with critical medical illnesses have underlying cardiac abnormalities. Too often hospitals and physicians fail to perform procedures which can detect underlying heart abnormalities.

Symptoms of Cardiac Abnormalities

With a cardiac abnormality, patients may experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, discomfort or pain in the chest, and pain in one or both arms.  At a doctor’s visit, if the doctor does not recognize the symptoms as a possible cardiac abnormality (and order testing to determine if a cardiac abnormality exists), a misdiagnosis may be made.

Later, the patient may experience a heart attack or, in some instances, a stroke.  The patient (or the patient’s family, if death occurs) will usually be rightly concerned as to whether a proper diagnosis and intervening treatment would have prevented the heart attack or stroke.

There is Hope for Those Suffering with Cardiac Abnormalities

Cardiac abnormalities can often be detected with surveillance echocardiography.  This test can alert medical personnel to possible cardiac abnormalities allowing for the proper care and treatment.

Proving Negligence in the Case of a Failure to Diagnose a Cardiac Abnormality

As with other cases of medical negligence and malpractice, to be successful, the plaintiff (the person bringing the lawsuit) must prove that the doctor or medical provider did not meet the standards of care required, and that such failure resulted in injury or death.  In order to meet this requirement, we typically hire doctors, nurses, or other healthcare experts to carefully examine the records of the symptoms being experienced by the patient at the time the patient saw the doctor. We also need to understand the conversations and other interaction that took place in the visits with the doctor.  This information helps us determine if a case exists to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In addition to proving negligence, medical malpractice cases also involve showing damages that resulted because of the negligence. In the case of a negligent failure to diagnose a cardiac abnormality, the damages may be a heart attack or stroke, and the pain and suffering that were experienced, or the death that resulted.  Damages may include physical and emotional suffering, lost wages, damages associated with any physical and long-term impairment resulting from a heart attack or stroke, and other damages that may be case-specific.

How We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a doctor or health care provider’s failure to diagnose cardiac abnormalities, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Dore Law Group.   Founder Jim Dore has successfully recovered compensation clients in medical malpractice cases, and he is experienced in investigating medical records to determine if medical malpractice or negligence has occurred.  If we and our experts determine that a case for medical malpractice exists, we will be there to work tirelessly to prove your case with the goal of obtaining for you fair compensation for the damages you sustained.

We are available to represent injury victims throughout Washington State from our Kent office, including clients and their families residing in Auburn, Renton, Federal Way, Tacoma, Des Moines, King County, and the surrounding areas.

Call us so that we may schedule a time to meet at your convenience so that we may learn about your case and discuss with you the options that are available. There is no obligation to hire our firm, but if you do so, we will work hard in seeking to recover just compensation for you.

Remember, there is no fee for us unless we are successful in obtaining damages for you, such as through a settlement, arbitration, or trial.

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