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Utah Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Victims of Heart Attack Misdiagnoses

A leading cause of death in the United States is coronary artery disease, or a narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the heart.  This condition often results in a heart attack.  In some cases, a heart attack kills almost instantly and nothing could be done to save the victim.

However, in other cases, appropriate and timely diagnoses can make the difference between life and death.  Some heart attack victims who get proper treatment immediately may have the opportunity to avoid serious heart damage and resume normal life.

Too often, medical mistakes in Utah deprive heart attack victims of this opportunity.  Why is this?  Here are some common reasons why heart attacks are misdiagnosed:

  • Heartburn-  Chest pain is a common and indicative sign of a heart attack.  Doctors sometimes misdiagnose patients with a gastrointestinal problem and send the patient home, when, in fact, they are suffering a heart attack.
  • Patients don’t fit the heart attack profile-  Heart attacks can be misdiagnosed in patients who don’t fit the profile of the “typical” male over the age of 45.  Women and younger men can, of course, also suffer from heart attacks.  Sometimes the symptoms are slightly different.  However, a doctor’s failure to perform a thorough exam, order necessary tests, and consult cardiac specialists may lead to a heart attack misdiagnoses.
  • Mild Symptoms- Heart attack symptoms vary greatly from one person to another.  One person may or may not experience all of the typical symptoms.  A physician may dismiss a patients symptoms such as nausea and fatigue as not serious.
  • Undiagnosed in the Emergency Room- Sometimes a heart attack may go undiagnosed in the emergency room, particularly if the patient is a woman or younger man.  EKG’s may even be normal.  A heart attack may be misdiagnosed as GERD, musculoskeletal pain, or a respiratory problem.

If you believe a loved one’s death or serious injury was the result of medical malpractice in Utah due to the failure to properly diagnose a heart attack, please contact Utah Attorney Jared Faerber at The Faerber Law Firm at (801) 943-1005.  We have helped numerous victims of medical malpractice in Salt Lake City and throughout the State of Utah.  We are happy to discuss your potential case with you for free.

Cancer Misdiagnoses in Utah: A Medical Malpractice Lawyer’s View

Many types of cancer are curable- particularly if caught early.  For example, if a breast cancer diagnoses is made at Stage 0 or 1, the five-year survival rate is close to 100 percent.  However, if the diagnoses is missed, the chances for a better outcome decline.  At Stage IV, for example, the five-year survival rate is typically less than 20 percent.  Early diagnoses is therefore key.  A missed or delayed diagnoses of cancer due to medical negligence is therefore often actionable in Utah and other states.

Delayed or misdiagnosed cancer cases often involved common causes.  These include the misinterpretation of chest x-rays, mammograms, PAP smears, and other tests.  Other negligent causes of a delayed diagnoses might include a physician minimizing or ignoring your complaints, relying on a less than definitive means of diagnosis when a definitive test, such as a biopsy, is available.  Sometimes doctors might improperly assume your complaints have a “benign” cause.  For example, they might attribute rectal bleeding to hemorrhoids when your symptoms might warrant further testing and investigation.

Missed diagnoses of cancer cases involve a loss of chance for a better outcome.  These are real and tragic injuries.  My firm has successfully handled delayed cancer diagnoses lawsuits on behalf of people in Utah and Salt Lake City and can help you or your loved one seek justice.  We work with oncologists and other experts nationwide to prove your claim.  Feel free to contact us online or call (801) 943-1005 directly for a free consultation.