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When medical malpractice affects your family, get the help you need from Baltimore and Washington D.C. lawyers

Heart attacks are the number one cause of death in the United States today. Misdiagnosing or mistreating signs of cardiac distress can result in severe injuries and even death. It is estimated that thousands of patients suffer cardiac distress and die every year as a result of impending heart attacks that could have been prevented. Proving medical malpractice in cardiology is not a straight-forward proposition. In order to have a viable case, it must be proven that the patient was owed a standard of care that was not met and that the injury sustained was directly caused by the health care provider in question. Proving this requires an experienced Maryland medical malpractice attorney that will work to secure expert testimony, assess your case and litigate against the hospital or doctor for you. If you believe you have suffered a preventable cardiac injury, contact a medical malpractice attorney at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. today. We serve clients in and around Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.

Types of cardiac mistakes that warrant a medical malpractice lawsuit

Not all cases of cardiac injury qualify for litigation. There are ten main types of cardiac mistakes that most commonly are litigated.

  1. Tightness in the chest or trouble breathing that is ignored and results in cardiac failure.
  2. Failure to consider family history in diagnosing cardiac distress.
  3. Failure to administer, or the misinterpretation of, an EKG by a physician or physician’s assistant.
  4. Improper or delayed treatment during cardiac arrest.
  5. Failure to adhere to standard operating procedures during a cardiac attack. These include administering proper medication to reduce the workload of the heart and open the coronary blood vessels to increase blood flow to nourish the heart muscle.
  6. Failure to detect cardiac diseases or conditions.
  7. Use of defective or improperly implanted pacemakers.
  8. Unnecessary or improperly implanted stents.
  9. Failure to detect closed arteries.
  10. Mistaking an impending heart attack for gastrointestinal distress (heart burn).

If any of these are true for your cardiac injury, you likely have a viable case and are entitled to financial compensation for physical pain, emotional distress and economic loss. Contact a medical malpractice attorney in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area with experience in cardiology errors to fight for the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

What to do after a cardiology error

If you believe you have been the victim of a cardiology error it is vital to handle the immediate aftermath appropriately. It is likely that you will be overwhelmed, under intense emotional and financial pressure and lost as to how to proceed. Prudence is key in this situation. First and foremost, do not sign any release of liability forms until you have reviewed your case with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Maryland or Washington D.C. This is the golden rule of thumb for all legal proceedings, but is especially important in medical malpractice lawsuits. Sign nothing without speaking with an attorney.

Next, call a medical malpractice attorney to schedule a consultation. Bring a family member or friend to take notes and help you remain focused. Your job is to seek legal help. Our job is to ease your burden. We will gather the appropriate medical records and have them reviewed by board certified experts to determine the merit of your claim.

Contact a Baltimore or Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorney for assistance with a cardiology error case

If you or a loved one is living with the physical, emotional and financial burdens associated with cardiology errors, contact Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. today at 410-234-1000 for a consultation. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys will review your case, guide you through the process and litigate on your behalf. You are not alone and we are here to help. Please schedule an appointment to visit with an attorney in either our Washington D.C. or Baltimore, Maryland office.