Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack and Stroke

Rhode Island Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Rhode Island emergency room doctors and medical providers treat hundreds of patients daily. Sometimes, a patient’s symptoms are mistaken or confused with another ailment if doctors are rushed or careless. The tendency to quickly shuffle patients in and out of the emergency room can lead to assumptions and diagnoses without fully evaluating your medical condition.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkMany deaths resulting from heart attacks and strokes could have been prevented. Prompt treatment can be extremely effective, especially if it occurs within an hour of heart attack symptoms and immediately following a stroke. If a doctor misses the warning signs, the critical time period to take action will pass, and the result can be fatal.

If your health has suffered because of a doctor’s failure to diagnose, it is important that you protect your rights by talking to a Rhode Island medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Contact Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC.  One of our attorneys who will attempt to connect you with a highly-qualified Rhode Island medical malpractice attorney if your failure to diagnose case seems credible—at no cost to you.

Failure to Diagnose Heart Attacks

If a Rhode Island patient reports chest pain, shortness of breath, an irregular pulse or blood pressure, the physician should recognize that there may be a serious problem. As a trained medical professional, that doctor should order the appropriate tests to diagnose or eliminate the possibility of a heart attack. A simple blood test, EKGs, or angiograms can quickly diagnose the issue and help save a patient’s life.

Failure to Diagnose a Stroke

The worst damage from a stroke often occurs within the first few hours after the episode. Therefore, the faster you receive treatment, the less damage will occur. A doctor’s failure to take into account the symptoms of confusion, one-sided weakness or paralysis can lead to further damage. Your treatment will depend on whether the stroke is caused by a blood clot (called ischemic) or by bleeding in your brain (called hemorrhagic).

Stroke treatment will focus on controlling bleeding if you suffered a hemorrhagic stroke or restoring the blood flow if you had an ischemic stroke. If you display the signs of a stroke, your doctor should use a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and analyze your brain activity to determine whether you have suffered a stroke and what type it was, so that treatment can be administered.

If you live in Rhode Island and you believe your doctor should have diagnosed your heart attack or stroke, please complete our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to find a Rhode Island medical malpractice attorney to help you fight for your rights and recover the damages you deserve.