The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that nearly 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year. This is quite an alarming number which is only made worse when you consider that cardiologists make errors that contribute to this number. A cardiologist is essentially a doctor that specializes in veins, arteries, and the heart.
A cardiologist must endure extensive training and education before being licensed to practice. But all the training in the world doesn’t make a doctor immune to mistakes. And some of these mistakes can cause patients’ lives to end prematurely or have a negative impact on the quality of life the patient leads going forward.
Because of the serious nature of cardiology and the impact that heart health can have on the patient’s overall life expectancy and enjoyment of life, when a cardiologist makes a mistake, the repercussions can be even more serious or even deadly than mistakes by other doctors. In fact, the aftermath of a malpractice event involving the heart can affect the patient for life, or in worst-case scenarios, cost the patient their life.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury at the hands of a cardiologist you will need the assistance of a Norristown cardiology malpractice attorney.
Since heart problems are sensitive and need to be treated with care when a cardiologist fails to do so the results can be deadly. A vast majority of deaths from heart disease are preventable which is why medical malpractice lawsuits are on the rise all across the country.
For example, evidence was found to suggest that heart conditions are being diagnosed as stomach problems. When your cardiologist is not providing adequate care or misdiagnoses your condition, you will need to contact a cardiology malpractice attorney immediately before your condition gets worse and you are left without care.
Since a cardiologist can care for different parts of your body related to your heart there are several different types of cardiology malpractice. Some of the most common types of cardiology malpractice our Norristown cardiology malpractice attorney sees include:
When any of the above medical errors occur you may experience injury or symptoms of heart disease. Some of the symptoms you should look for are:
If you experience any of these symptoms you will need to seek medical attention immediately and then contact a Norristown cardiology malpractice attorney.
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Some of the most common types of compensation our Norristown cardiology malpractice attorney can seek on your behalf include:
Non-economic damages are damages that are cannot be precisely measured. Pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment in life are examples of non-economic damages. Punitive damages may also be assessed in some cases. As the name suggests, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant in the case for particularly heinous actions. For instance, a remarkable lack of regard for the value of human life. Courts do not always award punitive damages, but in particularly egregious cases of cardiac malpractice, it is a possibility.
If you are a family member of a loved one who died due to cardiology malpractice, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party(s). A wrongful death claim is typically filed by a surviving wife/husband, daughter/son, parent, or other close relatives who depended on the deceased for their support, advice, love, and counsel. Damages awarded in wrongful death claims look to replace the lost income and other contributions that the decedent would have made to the household if their life wasn’t cut short due to the cardiology malpractice.
The Weitz Firm, LLC wants you to know that although the road ahead may look difficult, you are not alone. We are experienced ally and advocate who has helped many others in the same situation. Count on us to be there for you from your initial claim filing through the settlement or verdict in your case.
In addition to the potential compensable damages mentioned above, your case may warrant additional compensation. Other types of compensation to which you are entitled to depend on the details of your case.