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Heart Attack Malpractice Cases

Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers often review cases involving the failure of doctors and hospital to timely diagnose cardiac conditions, including heart attacks and heart disease.  Prompt and proper diagnosis of these conditions can often lead to treatment and medications that both prevent and reduce the risk of serious injury or death. 

The failure to perform a proper medical workup, refer a patient to specialists, or order necessary diagnostic tests can give rise to a medical malpractice claim if the patient suffered injuries as the result of negligent treatment.   If a patient reports to the doctor with chest pain, nausea, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, arm pain, blurred vision, or irregular heart beat, the doctor may commit malpractice if he negligently fails to consider the patient's risk factors, fails to order or perform the appropriate diagnostic testing, or fails to thoroughly investigate the areas and degree of physical pain the patient is having.

If a diagnosis of heart attack is made, certain drugs may need to be given and procedures started without delay to minimize heart damage. Failure to do so may constitute malpractice and may lead to loss of life or permanent heart damage. There are several important tests that a doctor may order or perform to reach a correct and hopefully early diagnosis of heart attack or heart disease:

  • EKG (electrocardiogram)
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Angiogram
  • Angioplasty
  • Echocardiogram
  • CT Scan
  • Stress Test
  • Medications, including anticoagulants and beta blockers

Under Michigan law, a patient claiming that a physician or hospital that fails to diagnose or treat a heart condition must show that a timely diagnose would have resulted in earlier treatment and a better outcome.

In Michigan, there is a strict time limit for filing a medical malpractice case against a physician, clinic or hospital  This time limit, called the statute of limitation, is two years from the date of the negligent treatment. There are very few exceptions to this limitation period and therefore it is important to contact a Michigan medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you realize or believe you are the victim of medical malpractice.

Contact a Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. now to learn about your rights and to see if you have a case.

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