Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack and Stroke

Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Lawyers

An accurate and timely diagnosis can mean the difference between Oklahoma patients suffering a heart attack or stroke. Doctors are specially trained to identify any symptoms and warning signs associated with these two conditions. If critical timing is lost because of a delayed or inaccurate diagnosis, it can have catastrophic consequences.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkWhen diagnosing and treating illnesses and chronic conditions, Oklahoma doctors are expected to follow standard treatment protocols. If your physician fails to conduct certain blood tests, an MRI, or follow-up with newly developed symptoms it can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

If you or someone you love has suffered a heart attack or stroke, it could be a form of medical malpractice, depending on the details of your situation. Consult with Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. One of our attorneys will try to pair you with an Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyer in your area, at no cost to you.

Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack

More than 90 percent of Americans recognize that chest pain is one of the symptoms for a heart attack, reports the Centers for Disease Control. Sadly, some doctors still make the inaccurate diagnosis such as acid reflux, an esophagus disorder or inflamed cartilage.

Treatment that occurs just before or right after a heart attack can significantly increase an Oklahoma patient’s chance of survival. If your doctor inaccurately interprets the results of an electrocardiogram (EKG) or prescribes a medication that can have an adverse affect on the heart, you could suffer serious injury or death.

Failure to Diagnose Stroke

Each year, half a million people in the Unites States suffer a stroke, and one-third die, according to the American Stroke Association. Of the three million stroke survivors living with life-changing consequences, some of these strokes could have been prevented with a timely diagnosis. Like a heart attack, treatment immediately following a stroke can significantly decrease the chance of life-altering outcomes, including death.

A stroke may be either ischemic, where a lack of oxygen damages brain tissue, or hemorrahagic, where blood vessels in the brain burst. One of the most common causes of strokes is uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure).

A “mini stroke” or TIA (transient ischemic attack) may be a warning sign that a more powerful stroke is coming. The warning signs of a TIA include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Numbness
  • Dizziness

If you live in Oklahoma and your health has suffered because of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Please fill out our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will review your case. If it appears to have merit, we will work to find you an Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyer who can help you recover the money you deserve.