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Failure to diagnose and properly treat heart attack causes death

Receiving adequate treatment in the emergency room can be a matter of life or death. The first step doctors must take to provide proper medical care is to accurately diagnose the patient's condition. Though it may sometimes seem like an easy task, it can be difficult. Yet, doctors all too often improperly diagnose an easily identifiable condition, which can leave the patient in a dire situation.

Florida residents may be aware of a recently filed lawsuit claiming a doctor's missed diagnosis of a heart attack caused the death of a well-known radio host. The lawsuit claims the deceased went to the hospital will all the tell-tale signs of a heart attack, including pain in his chest, high blood pressure and difficulty breathing. Though a competent doctor should have recognized these symptoms and given the patient potentially life-saving medication, the doctor in this instance gave the patient a drug that lowered his blood pressure. Sadly, as a result of the delay, the patient's heart could not recover. The deceased's widow further claims the doctor failed to consult with a cardiologist and failed to diagnose an arterial blood clot.

As evidenced by this example, a delayed or missed diagnosis can leave a victim irreparably harmed or dead. Those who survive the ordeal may be left with a worsened medical condition or permanent disability. Such harm can make life difficult to live pleasurably, and it can leave the victim with extensive medical bills. Those who lose a loved one to one of these occurrences may be left with a stressed financial situation and irreparable emotional harm.

Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against negligent medical professionals is often the best way for these victims to recover compensation for their losses. A successful may bring a victim or his or her family money to help relieve pain and suffering and pay for medical expenses and funeral costs. A family may even be able to recover a deceased loved one's lost wages, easing their financial burden. If a victim or his or her surviving family could use this help, they should consider speaking with an experienced Miami attorney.

Source: The Inquirer, "Widow of longtime radio legend E. Steven Collins sues hospital for wrongful death," Dana DiFlippo, March 18, 2014

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