Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack and Stroke

Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Heart attacks and strokes are common occurrences throughout Kentucky and the rest of the nation. In fact, heart attacks are the number one cause of death in the United States and strokes are the third leading cause, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkBut despite these figures, doctors may fail to recognize the symptoms and risk factors of these deadly ailments. If you face a disability or if your loved one has died because of a medical provider’s failure to diagnose a heart attack or stroke, you may have a medical malpractice case. Talk to an attorney from Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. If your case appears to be valid, he will look for a Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer who has experience with your specific type of claim, for no additional charge.

When the Risk Factors and Symptoms of a Heart Attack go Unnoticed

Speed is crucial in diagnosing heart attacks and strokes. Treatment that administered within the first hour can mean the difference between life, permanent disability and death. Your Kentucky doctor may make an error when diagnosing your symptoms and send you home with the wrong treatment, leaving your health in jeopardy. For example, a doctor may mistake the burning in your chest for heart burn or indigestion. Or a nurse may misdiagnose the pain in your arm or neck as localized pain or stiff muscles and send you home without the appropriate treatment.

Other times, the risk factors go unidentified, and then the necessary measures to reduce those risks are not taken. If your medical history or a prior medical event was not taken into consideration, this could have dangerous consequences. If your Kentucky physician failed to order the necessary blood work or EKG, leaving you unaware of your risk of heart attack, you will not know to take the appropriate action to prevent one from occurring.

Diagnosing a Stroke

The quick diagnosis and treatment of a stroke can not only save your life, it can also prevent permanent disability. A stroke initiates a chain reaction where brain-cell-killing chemicals are released, causing injury to your brain. In some cases, prompt treatment can stop severe brain damage, and even reverse the damage that has already begun.

If a stroke is undiagnosed or treatment is delayed, you could suffer:

  • Another stroke, which may be more severe
  • Brain damage
  • Trouble reading and writing
  • Changes in behavior, including depression
  • Paralysis (often on one side of the body)
  • Compromised motor skills and seizures
  • Problems with your memory
  • Difficulty speaking and/or understanding words
  • Death

If you live in Kentucky and suffered a heart attack or stroke after a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, please complete the online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will work to recommend a trusted Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer who can explain your options and take on your case, if it has merit.