Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack and Stroke

Vermont Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Sometimes medical professionals make errors that result in a failure to accurately diagnose a patient’s condition. Neglecting to identify a potentially-deadly condition such as a heart attack or stroke can result in permanent damage, and even death. Actions that can lead to a delayed or incorrect diagnosis may include the failure to order the appropriate tests based on the patient’s symptoms, or misinterpreting test results.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf you are a Vermont patient who sought medical assistance after displaying the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, received a misdiagnosis, and then suffered one of these episodes, you have the right to sue. Discuss your case with an attorney from the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. If your claim appears to have merit, we will work to find you a Vermont medical malpractice attorney, for no additional fee.

Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack

The symptoms of a heart attack should not be taken lightly. Few heart attacks present with sudden, intense symptoms like the heart attacks we see in movies. In most cases, a heart attack presents itself with mild and gradual discomfort in the chest and upper body. Indications of a heart attack may include:

  • Tightness or pressure in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or discomfort in the shoulder, arm, back, jaw or stomach
  • Increased anxiety
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating

Hurried doctors, careless medical staff and inexperienced family practitioners may examine your symptoms and determine that you have an ailment such as heartburn, anxiety or musculoskeletal pain. Your physician may also overlook your heart attack symptoms if you do not fit the profile of a heart attack victim (such as younger patients and women).

Failure to Diagnose Stroke

Medication administered after a patient suffers a stroke can greatly reduce the amount of permanent brain damage a person experiences. But if your doctor fails to recognize the symptoms correctly, you may not receive treatment in time.

Stroke symptoms depend upon what part of your brain becomes damaged. Oftentimes, these symptoms develop suddenly and with little warning, such as:

  • Sudden numbness in your face, arm or leg (particularly on one side of your body)
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding others
  • Trouble seeing (in one or both eyes)
  • Difficulty walking or a loss of balance
  • Sudden confusion
  • Dizziness and coordination issues
  • Unexplained, severe headache

If you have suffered an injury because of a delayed or inaccurate diagnosis, please complete the online form. The Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will review your case, and attempt to find you an experienced Vermont medical malpractice attorney, if you have a valid case.