Medical Malpractice for Failure to Diagnose Heart Disease

Medical Malpractice for Failure to Diagnose Heart Disease

If you or a loved one visit a doctor and complaining of symptoms related to heart disease, when is it medical malpractice not to diagnose heart disease and the risk for heart attack? If you or a loved one suffers a heart attack, can the doctor be held responsible? Although all situations are different and a variety of factors influence whether your doctor's actions may be considered medical negligence, several common issues exist in all medical malpractice cases.

First, before asserting a claim for medical negligence based on the failure to diagnose a condition, the patient must have established a doctor patient relationship, for example, you went to a doctor's office for treatment. Additionally, you must show that the doctor's care fell below the standard of care for that type of doctor (i.e. did the doctor act in the way other doctors would in a similar situation). This is often shown through the use of expert testimony obtained by contacting an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Finally, the negligence or substandard care must be shown to have caused the harm. This means that the failure led to harm, i.e. if heart disease was diagnosed in a timely matter, could a heart attack have been prevented?

Because these questions may be complicated, it is important to contact a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney if you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm as the result of a failure to diagnose a medical condition.

For more information, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice attorneys immediately for a free consultation.

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