Norristown Heart Attack Malpractice Lawyer

If you or a loved one have had a heart attack, we understand the difficulties your family faces. The emergency and recovery can be overwhelming, long, and painful.

Heart attacks are made worse when medical professionals fail to recognize the signs and symptoms. Failure to diagnose and treat immediately. often lead to tragic and devastating consequences.

Doctors and nurses are trained to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. When they fail to act responsibly and breach their duty of care to your loved one, our dedicated medical malpractice lawyers will fight to protect your rights.

When you need a heart attack attorney, turn to The Weitz Firm, LLC. We will work with you to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our Philadelphia medical malpractice trial attorneys for a free consultation by clicking here.


Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US, with over 600,000 people losing their lives to it annually. It is also the number one cause of death in Pennsylvania.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • One person dies of heart disease every 36 seconds
  • Heart and cardiovascular disease costs $363 billion each year in medications, lost productivity, and medical services
  • The most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease, which claimed 360,900 lives in the last reporting year
  • Approximately 805,000 people suffer a heart attack every year
  • 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent, accounting for damage but the individual is not aware of any symptoms


It is important for people to understand the symptoms of heart disease. The CDC reports most patients experience:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Upper back pain
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Fluttering feelings or palpitations
  • Swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, or neck veins
  • Shortness of breath

However, women may experience heart disease differently. According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, women were 7 times more likely than men to be misdiagnosed and discharged in the middle of having a heart attack.

The Doctors Company reports that:

  • 70% of medical malpractice claims involve fatal undiagnosed heart disease in a woman
  • 28% suffered muscle damage due to failure to treat

The Mayo Clinic has found that women are more likely to have symptoms unrelated to chest pain, including:

  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck, jaw, and shoulder discomfort
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Pain in both arms
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Sweating

Unlike their male counterparts, women will suffer vague symptoms, making them much less noticeable. Often, a person may think they have indigestion or heartburn.

Doctors and nurses should immediately begin tests to determine if a person experiencing these symptoms is having a heart attack. Early detection is vital for survival rates. If they do not detect that a heart attack is happening and discharge a patient, the results are usually deadly.


Heart attacks do not fix themselves. Even minor heart attacks are indicative of a major problem going on in a person’s body. The next time a patient returns to the hospital after being discharged may be too late.

If you or a loved one have experienced a heart attack and were discharged or were not given the proper care, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice personal injury claim.

Medical malpractice is very complex. It is crucial to speak to our experienced medical malpractice lawyers to determine if your circumstances qualify for civil action. Some examples of medical malpractice in a heart attack claim can be if a doctor or nurse:

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

A Johns Hopkins study found that diagnostic errors were a leading cause of patient harm. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US, close behind heart disease itself. When you combine the two, over a million people lose their lives in the US each year.


The dedicated legal team at The Weitz Firm, LLC has extensive experience defending the rights of patients. Our medical malpractice attorneys will work tirelessly to recover the damages you and your loved ones deserve, including:

  • Compensation for medical expenses resulting from negligent medical care
  • Lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering damages

We are sorry that you or your loved one have experienced this hardship.

When you need a heart attack attorney in Norristown, The Weitz Firm, LLC is standing by. We have a long track record of success, recovering millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients. If you have lost a loved one, we will work with you to pursue a wrongful death case. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here.



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