Being the victim of medical negligence is extremely traumatic, especially if you have put your trust in a medical professional such as a doctor or surgeon. Unfortunately, medical negligence does happen from time to time and the area of cardiology is no exception to this.
While most people who receive medical treatment for cardiology issues will experience an excellent service and level of care, this isn’t always the case.
Cardiology and the causes of medical negligence claims
For instance, a common type of cardiology negligence claim is the misdiagnosed heart attack. Far too often, heart attacks are incorrectly diagnosed as, for example,:
• Anxiety attack
As well as heart attacks, cardiology medical claims can also relate to a range of other conditions relating to the heart. These include:
• Heart failure
• Problems with the rhythm of the heart
• Ectopic beats
• Heart block
• Heart disease
Other reasons you may be able to make a medical negligence claim for a cardiology issue include:
• GP failure to arrange follow-up investigations after a heart murmur is found
• Failure to diagnose angina or other condition following chest pains
• Failure to warn patients of the dangers of certain types of surgery or other procedure
• Failure to diagnose a heart problem that shows up on an ECG or other test
If you think that you or a loved one have been the victim of medical negligence relating to your heart, take sure speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible. Sometimes, complications in cardiology cannot be avoided as it’s a highly specialised area of medicine and doctors are not always able to control the effect of a condition on a patient. However, lack of communication between medical staff, misdiagnosis and negligence during surgery can all lead to medical negligence claims.
When you speak to a medical negligence solicitor, they will review the information you give them so they can see whether or not you have a case. They may also engage the services of a medical expert for further information, as this can sometimes help to clear up confusion as to whether or not negligence has occurred.
Even if you are uncertain as to whether you have a case, it is always best to seek advice as you may well be entitled to compensation.
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You may not always be aware straight away that an act of negligence has occurred, but as soon as you do become aware of it you’ll need to make a medical negligence claim within three years. This means it’s important to get expert legal advice as soon as you become aware of an act of cardiology negligence.
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