Our Lawyers Prosecute Claims Involving Failure To Diagnose A Heart Attack Or Stroke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke is the third leading cause of death. Every year, millions of Americans suffer from one of these conditions. Given the frequency with which people suffer from heart attacks and strokes, physicians should be able to recognize the warning signs and make appropriate decisions as to treatment. In too many cases, patients who present with warning signs of a heart attack or stroke are sent home or given inappropriate treatment.

At Britcher Leone, LLC, in Glen Rock and Morristown, New Jersey, our committed attorneys and staff represent individuals who have been injured or killed due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose a heart attack or stroke. We have extensive experience handling these cases and a proven track record of success helping medical malpractice victims.

What Are The Signs Of A Heart Attack Or Stroke?

Some of the more common warning signs of a heart attack include chest pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms, shortness of breath and nausea. Women may be less likely to experience chest pain and more likely to experience other symptoms such as nausea. Stroke warning signs include sudden numbness or weakness, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory loss. In some cases, doctors will misdiagnose these symptoms as indigestion or other less critical conditions. In other cases, doctors misread tests, X-rays and other warning signs.

Our attorneys will closely review all of the facts of your case. We have a physician on staff who is also an attorney. As a result, we have an intimate understanding of a doctor’s duty of care, and whether the doctor’s actions constitute a breach of duty. We work with trusted experts in cardiology and other medical fields to prepare our cases thoroughly and pursue favorable outcomes for our clients.

Every claim will turn on unique facts, and our past performance is not a guarantee of future success. Despite this, the case below is but one example of our work on behalf of our clients.

A Bergen County jury awarded $1,237,004 to a man and his wife for the failure to timely address his heart condition. This failure resulted in his suffering a significant heart attack. Following a clinical stress test that showed a likely right coronary blockage, an angiogram was performed showing a 90 percent blockage of that same vessel. Despite increasing symptoms over the previous weeks, the patient was released from the hospital and immediately told to return eight days later for an angioplasty and stent. He later suffered from a heart attack that night. The performing doctor failed to acknowledge our client’s medical history of chest pain that put him at high risk of a heart attack. No medical history was present in the records, and the doctor failed to obtain a history prior to treatment.