A heart attack is a major medical emergency that requires prompt attention, treatment, and care. While most emergency departments quickly and properly treat a patient suffering from a heart attack as best they can, there are times when healthcare providers utterly fail to provide even minimally competent care. When heart attack patients receive substandard care and treatment, it could have catastrophic results including permanent and debilitating injuries or wrongful death. Victims who suffer any injury due to a heart attack should ask our Oregon undiagnosed heart attack lawyers whether a healthcare provider caused the injury.
This is because hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other staff will tell you that the injury was not caused by poor medical care, delayed treatment, or a failure to diagnose a heart attack. Rather, most healthcare providers will lie right to your face and tell you that the injuries you sustained were due to the heart attack you suffered. But this is not always the truth. Reckless, careless, and negligence care of a patient suffering from a heart attack can easily lead to permanent and irreversible damage. Delays in treating a heart attack are not only devastating to the patient’s body, but commonly fatal. This is why undiagnosed heart attacks are commonly due to Oregon medical malpractice.
What is a Heart Attack?
Also known as a myocardial infarction, a heart attack is when the flow of blood to one part of the heart is blocked. The block is usually due to a blood clot, such as a blood clot caused by plague buildup. The blood clot is dangerous because it prevents circulation of fresh, oxygenated blood from reaching your heart. This in turn causes the heart to die off due to oxygen deprivation. The longer that the heart does not have oxygen, the more damage that is done to the heart. This is why many healthcare providers say “time is tissue” when it comes to a heart attack or stroke because the more time that elapses the more tissue that is destroyed.
While many heart attacks have violent symptoms which make it obvious that a patient is suffering from this medical emergency, not all heart attacks manifest these symptoms. Some heart attacks may only result in achy or slowly building pain in the chest or left shoulder which feel like muscle pain. Other times a feeling of weakness, sweating, or generally feeling ill could be a symptom. Other times jaw pain and fatigue could be a sign of a heart attack. This is why it is imperative for healthcare providers who are assessing patients for odd and uncommon symptoms to properly evaluate and test a patient. The failure to do so could result in an Oregon undiagnosed heart attack and be medical malpractice.
Causes of Oregon Undiagnosed Heart Attacks Due to Medical Malpractice
While must healthcare providers properly diagnose catastrophic and obvious heart attacks, so can everyone else that is not trained in medicine. It is the more subtle heart attacks that need the professional skill, training, education, and experience of a healthcare provider to detect, treat, and save a patient from permeant damage or wrongful death. Under Oregon law, healthcare providers who fail to diagnose a heart attack, even a subtle heart attack, may be liable for damages proximately caused to a patient by the undiagnosed heart attack.
There are many reasons why healthcare providers fail to properly diagnose heart attacks. The most common reasons due to Oregon medical malpractice include the following:
Bend/Portland, Oregon Undiagnosed Heart Attack Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.