Chest pain, shortness of breath, sweaty but cold.

A slight tingle down your arm.

Something is wrong with you or a loved one, but you are not sure what the problem is. In the back of your mind, you think it is a heart attack, so you go to the doctor. They send you or your loved one home with some indigestion medicine without running any tests.

Two hours later, someone is in cardiac arrest.

This scenario is not uncommon, but it should not happen. Doctors and nurses are supposed to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms that a patient is having a heart attack. If they fail to notice and treat these symptoms immediately, they are risking lives.

If you need a Philadelphia heart attack attorney, you can count on The Weitz Firm, LLC to be by your side. Whether it is your or a loved one who has suffered, we will work to secure the compensation you deserve.

Every Second Counts

The brain starts to die after six minutes without oxygen.

A heart attack is scary. Not all heart attacks are the same. In fact, they can present with different signs and symptoms for each person. Sometimes there is direct chest pain, other times the pain is somewhere else, like the arm.

It could be shortness of breath or the feeling of heartburn.

Sometimes, the heart simply stops.

Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US. Over 600,000 people die each year from heart-related issues. That is why doctors and nurses are so thoroughly trained to be on the lookout for patients presenting signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

The problem is, sometimes they are so busy or distracted that they fail to do this. Healthcare professionals should face scrutiny if they:

  • Fail to recognize the symptoms and perform the proper tests
  • Fail to as the right questions or perform an exam
  • Fail to get a full patient history

Not every missed case of heart attack misdiagnosis is due to carelessness or negligence on the part of a doctor or nurse, but many of them are. Diagnosing errors contribute a major portion of the medical mistakes that are committed each year in the country.

What Happens Now

We know that any medical emergency is hard to go thought, especially a heart attack. Our hearts are what keep us going. They keep us with our loved ones and give us the ability to fight through the difficulties life has to offer. If our heart is having trouble and healthcare professionals fail to notice something is wrong, they could be negligent in their duties.

When you need a medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia, The Weitz Firm, LLC will be here to help. We want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve if you have been misdiagnosed or received poor medical care. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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