Heart disease includes a variety of cardiovascular conditions caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the body. As explained by the American Heart Association, this causes a narrowing of the arteries that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Prevention is the best form of defense against heart disease, which includes the proper diagnosis of risk factors. But, each year, physicians miss or improperly diagnose the symptoms of heart disease. At Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A., our experienced Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland medical malpractice attorneys provide earnest representation for individuals affected by heart disease misdiagnosis.

Diagnosing Heart Disease

A missed or delayed heart disease diagnosis can result in extremely serious health complications or even death. About 610,000 individuals die from heart disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the condition is a leading cause of death for both men and women, misdiagnosis is especially common among females. This is because the symptoms of heart disease are often significantly less pronounced for females than those commonly exhibited by males.

Regardless of the presenting patient’s gender, it is the physician’s responsibility to adequately review the individual’s symptoms and order the proper testing. All too often, doctors and hospital emergency staff members mistake the symptoms of heart disease for other conditions, including:

  • Heartburn
  • Anxiety
  • Acid reflux
  • Bronchitis
  • Angina
  • Musculoskeletal complications

This lack of accurate diagnosis leaves the condition to worsen, ultimately resulting in heart attack, stroke or death.

Proven Representation for Various Types of Misdiagnosis

The misdiagnosis of heart disease can occur in several different ways. The knowledgeable Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. have successfully represented numerous medical misdiagnosis clients, including those involving:

  • Failure to diagnose. This occurs when a medical professional completely fails to recognize and diagnose symptoms of heart disease.
  • Wrong diagnosis. This involves an incorrect diagnosis of the symptoms presented.
  • Partial misdiagnosis. This occurs when a physician diagnosis the general condition, but fails to properly diagnose the level of its severity.
  • Delayed diagnosis. This type of misdiagnosis arises when a physician’s diagnosis of heart disease occurs after the time when it should have reasonably been made.

Each of these misdiagnoses may place liability with the treating physician. Our skilled medical malpractice attorneys assist victims in securing compensation within the Maryland and Washington DC court systems.

Rely on the Medical Malpractice Lawyers of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. to Secure the Compensation Your Case Deserves

If you or a loved one experienced a heart disease misdiagnosis while under treatment in Baltimore, Washington DC, or Maryland, secure reliable representation from the attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. Contact our office today at 410-234-1000 for a confidential consultation.