Some of the most common misdiagnoses in Illinois medical malpractice cases are those involving patients who have suffered heart attacks.. Also known as acute myocardial infarctions, heart attacks may lead to lifelong disabilities or death if not diagnosed properly and treated quickly.
Your treating physician should be following guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. If there is a failure to follow these guidelines which results in a misdiagnosis of your acute myocardial infarction, you may be able to hold the physician responsible for any subsequent damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Doctors who are working in hospital emergency rooms are met with myriad injury and illness types, and they must follow diagnostic and treatment criteria established to help protect the health of patients. The guidelines equally apply to physicians in other settings, including your family care doctor or internist. When you have received incorrect treatment or have been simply sent home without a correct diagnosis that you have suffered a heart attack, you may now be facing a permanent reduction in the quality of your life.
At our firm, we understand the severe consequences such a diagnostic failure can result in for our clients. When they have suffered catastrophic and disabling conditions as a result of a physician's failure to diagnose heart attacks, we aggressively advocate on their behalf in order to aid them in recovering damages. We strongly believe that people should be able to trust that their health will be adequately protected when they go to see a physician or go to a hospital with symptoms. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a doctor's failure to diagnose, you may learn more about your options on our failure to diagnose page.