Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers recently filed a case against an Ottawa County Hospital and its emergency room physician for missing the diagnosis of a heart attack in a 50 year old patient. The woman present to the emergency department at the hospital with complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath. Despite these complaints consistent with a cardiac problem and an abnormal EKG, the emergency room doctor concluded that she was suffering from simply heartburn. He provided her with acid-reflux medications and discharged her home.
Doctors and hospitals often fail to identify a heart attack or conditions immediately preceding a heart attack. Other less serious conditions, like a muscle strain or even indigestion, can mimic the signs of a heart attack. Therefore, it is essential that physicians run all necessary tests based upon the patient history, symptoms, and complaints to determine whether the patient is having a heart attack or at risk for a heart attack in the near future.
A thorough medical evaluation of a patient presenting with symptoms consistent with a cardiac even often include an Electrocardiogram (ECG) and lab testing for cardiac enzymes, an indicator of damage to the heart.
Other tests, like a chest x-ray, may lead to the diagnosis of another condition like a pulmonary embolism, which is also an emergency life threatening condition.
In our case, the patient was found dead in her home by her daughter within only six hours of being sent home from the hospital. An autopsy confirmed that the death was due to treatable heart disease. The lawsuit claims that if the patient had received proper and timely care and treatment, she would not have been discharged home and would have survived.
Our medical malpractice lawyers filed a wrongful death lawsuit against both the hospital and emergency room doctor. The compensation sought in the case will include the pain and suffering suffered by the woman before her death and the loss of society and companionship suffered by her family due to her loss. A claim for funeral expenses and other financial losses was also made in the medical malpractice lawsuit. No trial date has been set by the court.
Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers frequently represent families of patients who have been misdiagnosed. If you have lost a loved one due to the misdiagnosis of a heart attack, you do have legal rights and may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the doctor, hospital, or emergency room physician for their error. Call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. legal team now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case. We will answer any questions that you may have and will take the time to explain the legal process and what you can expect throughout the entire process. We understand this is a difficult time and will be there every step of the way. Call today for your free consultation.