The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that more than 600,000 people die of heart diseases every year. About one in four deaths occurs from heart disease, and about 735,000 Americans suffer heart attacks each year. These individuals rely on timely and accurate medical advice from their doctors, and this includes the diagnostic process. A delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose heart disease can lead to serious and even fatal consequences. If you or a loved one recently suffered adverse effects due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose heart disease, contact Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Any type of medical malpractice lawsuit can be extremely complex. An attorney not only offers a higher degree of legal representation than the average person could achieve alone but will also likely lead to much more compensation than a plaintiff could have secured without an attorney.
A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose heart disease can have disastrous effects. Most heart conditions require timely treatment and early detection for the best chances of recovery, so any problems with the diagnostic process can have a very detrimental effect on a patient’s overall health. Plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases can claim compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any other damages resulting from a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose.
Medical malpractice lawsuits hinge on the concept of the standard of care, or the acceptable types and degrees of treatment a patient should receive based on his or her condition. If a patient visits an emergency room or other treatment center for symptoms related to heart disease, the attending physician must perform a differential diagnostic process to reach the most likely diagnosis.
A plaintiff’s attorney in a medical malpractice lawsuit must consult with expert witnesses who have medical backgrounds to determine whether a defendant’s diagnostic process met the standard of care for the plaintiff’s condition. If an investigation reveals that the defendant did not use appropriate diagnostic methods or otherwise failed to meet the standard of care for the plaintiff’s condition, the defendant will be liable for the plaintiff’s claimed damages.
If you or a loved one recently suffered adverse effects due to a failure to diagnose heart disease, a medical malpractice lawyer can help recover compensation for the resulting damages. New York upholds a two-and-one-half year statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims, but some factors may delay or toll this statute in some cases. Contact Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., in New York City today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys and learn more about your options for recovery.