Rarely is there any justifiable defence against a claim for compensation for the failure to diagnose a heart attack. With the complex medical equipment available to the medical profession, it is hard to imagine a scenario other than negligence in which a patient displaying signs of having suffered a heart attack is misdiagnosed.
Nonetheless, the misdiagnosis of a heart attack does happen – preventing the victim from receiving the treatment that would strengthen their heart muscle and enable a recovery. The misdiagnosis can also mean that the victim continues to suffer a lower quality of life as well as there being the increased likelihood of a further heart attack.
Claiming Compensation for the Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack
If you or somebody close to you has had a heart attack that was initially misdiagnosed as some other condition, and you receive a correct diagnosis some time later, you should speak with a medical negligence solicitor about claiming compensation for the failure to diagnose a heart attack at the first practical opportunity.
Your solicitor would want to know about the circumstances surrounding your heart attack, who misdiagnosed the signs that you had a heart attack, what the heart attack was initially diagnosed as and what medication was administered. Your solicitor will also want to know the time period between your heart attack and when it was correctly diagnosed.
You will then asked for permission to access your medical records. This will be reviewed by an independent medical expert to confirm your version of events and to compile evidence of negligence. Once sufficient evidence of negligence has been compiled to support a claim for compensation for the failure to diagnose a heart attack, your solicitor will send a “Letter of Claim” to the GP practice or NHS Trust responsible for your care.
Settlements of Compensation for the Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack
The GP practice or NHS Trust will likely conduct its own investigation into your claim before admitting liability. Thereafter, your solicitor will negotiate a settlement of compensation for the failure to diagnose a heart attack to account for the unnecessary pain and suffering you experienced and the impact that a medical professional´s negligence had on your quality of life.
In addition to being able to claim compensation for the failure to diagnose a heart attack for the physical pain you experienced, you will also be able to claim compensation for any psychological injury you have sustained. It is well chronicled that misdiagnosed heart attack victims often suffer emotional traumas such as depression and anxiety about having another heart attack.
You will also be able to recover any expenses you have incurred or any loss of income you have experienced – or may experience in the future – due to the negligence of a medical professional. Some components of the settlement may take a little time to calculate if it is not yet known how long it may take for you to make a full recovery – assuming that a full recovery is possible.
Independent Legal Advice about the Misdiagnosis of Heart Attacks
If you or somebody close to you has been misdiagnosed after suffering a heart attack, it is important that you receive independent legal advice that is relevant to your specific circumstances. No two claims for compensation for the failure to diagnose a heart attack are the same due to the circumstances of the heart attack, the warning signs prior to the heart attack, and what you condition was misdiagnosed as.
Consequently, we invite you to call our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau and discuss the failure to diagnose your heart attack with a medical negligence solicitor. Our solicitor will be able to answer any legal questions about your own individual circumstances and guide you through the procedures necessary to support your claim.
Please note that all calls to our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau are strictly confidential, and you are not under any obligation to proceed with a claim for compensation for the failure to diagnose a heart attack. Our goal is to provide legal advice in plain English which is relevant to your specific circumstances, and which will help you obtain the maximum possible settlement of compensation for the failure to diagnose a heart attack.