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Minneapolis Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack/Myocardial Infarction Lawyers

Although the fatality rate has declined significantly since 2005, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States. Cancer, respiratory infections, including coronavirus, stroke, and unintentional injuries round out the top five. Heart attacks are perhaps the most dangerous form of heart disease. Although many people have risk factors, heart attacks often occur suddenly and without warning. A heart attack is technically called a myocardial infarction. This name relates to the heart muscle often affected in these cases.

Given the prevalence of such problems, one would think that doctors would be on the lookout for heart attacks. But that’s often not the case. Many people do not have signature heart attack symptoms. For example, many women do not have intense chest pains. Since women are at lower heart attack risks than men, female heart attack misdiagnosis is all too common. Furthermore, many doctors believe that myocardial infections are lifestyle or genetic conditions. If a person doesn’t have these markers, doctors rarely spot a heart attack.

The experienced Minneapolis failure to diagnose heart attack lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman routinely handle medical malpractice claims on a nationwide basis. So, we not only have the experience needed to successfully resolve your claim. We also have sufficient resources in this area. Perhaps most importantly, we have the tenacity to not take the easy way out and a passionate dedication to our clients’ legal and financial rights. So, we do not give up until we achieve the best possible result under the circumstances.

Evidence in Medical Malpractice Claims

Frequently, heart attack victims go to Emergency Rooms. Busy ER physicians often misdiagnose these conditions, as outlined above. If the hospital sends the victim home with a damaged heart, the damage gets worse.

Furthermore, the lack of attention often has a chilling effect. If the victim has a subsequent heart attack, which is common, the victim often does not go to the Emergency Room or even tell a doctor about the incident.

All this to say the medical bills related to a heart attack misdiagnosis are often immense. Usually, if they suspect medical negligence, group health policies exclude such expenses. So, the victim and family could get stuck with a very large bill.

A Minneapolis failure to diagnose heart attack/myocardial infarction lawyer can obtain compensation for these medical bills if a doctor was negligent. The victim/plaintiff must prove negligence by a preponderance of the evidence, a legal term which means “more likely than not.”

Since medical bills are the primary damage component in these cases, medical evidence is key. This evidence usually includes diagnosis and treatment records, as well as prognosis predictions.

These records are usually admissible in court. That’s assuming an attorney can clear privacy law hurdles and access these records. Usually, it’s very difficult for individuals to obtain medical records. But most lawyers only need to make one phone call.

Liability Issues

All this evidence must prove negligence, which is basically a lack of care. In Minnesota, a negligence case basically has four components:

  • Duty, which in this case is a fiduciary duty,
  • Breach, or a mistake so grievous that it violated the standard of care,
  • Cause, which means both factual and legal causation, and
  • Damages.

In addition to the medical bill compensation mentioned above, these victims are also entitled to compensation for their emotional distress and other noneconomic losses. Additional punitive damages are often available in medical negligence cases as well.

Count On a Dedicated Hennepin County Lawyer

Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced failure to diagnose heart attack/myocardial infarction attorney in Minneapolis, contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman LLC by going online or calling 410-567-0800. We routinely handle medical malpractice matters on a nationwide basis.

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