Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 600,000 people die annually as a result of heart disease. While not all deaths could be prevented, there are many situations where deaths and very serious injuries should have been prevented. Cardiologists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart, arteries and veins. Cardiology malpractice happens when a cardiologist fails to provide appropriate care and treatment, resulting in death or injury. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers has extensive experience helping people who have suffered serious injuries due to cardiology malpractice.
Acute coronary symptoms are often misdiagnosed as stomach problems. The most common symptoms of heart disease are pressure, heaviness, pain or burning in the chest. Other signs include palpitations, shortness of breath, a faster heartbeat, dizziness, weakness, nausea and sweating.
Acute coronary symptoms could be life-threatening. When one enters the emergency room or visits a doctor with symptoms of heart disease, generally accepted medical standards require that certain tests be performed to ensure the patient's safety. Failure to act in accordance with accepted medical standards could lead to wrongful death or serious injury. Cardiology malpractice doesn't occur just in emergency rooms, but also includes:
- Failure to diagnose a heart attack or stroke
- Delayed diagnosis of a heart condition
- Errors during heart surgery
- Implanting an unneeded stent
- Errors in treating heart disease
- Improper placement of a stent
- Failure to appropriately monitor a patient
- Failure to prescribe appropriate medications
- Failure to correctly interpret an EKG or stress test
DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers has successfully handled many cardiology medical malpractice cases. Our law firm has access to board-certified cardiologists from outside of the area who will objectively review your medical records to determine if your cardiologist acted appropriately.
Contact Our Cardiology Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or a loved one may have been injured due to cardiology malpractice, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online. All consultations are free and you are never responsible for attorney fees unless we can recover compensation for you. We also offer evening and weekend appointments.