Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack Lawyer


Medical professionals are trained to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack, but even experts are fallible, and many heart attacks are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. The consequences can be severe, even fatal. If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack that was missed by a medical professional, contact our medical malpractice attorneys in Salt Lake City for help securing the damages you need to recover and move forward.

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WEBVTT 00:00:05.443 --> 00:00:06.829 Most people know, 00:00:07.214 --> 00:00:10.585 hey, if you are having chest pain, you should definitely go to the doctor 00:00:10.586 --> 00:00:12.456 because it could be something serious to do with your heart. 00:00:12.457 --> 00:00:13.843 And they think heart attack. 00:00:14.229 --> 00:00:16.200 And there are times that those get missed. 00:00:16.201 --> 00:00:21.056 Patient goes in with chest pain, and it can accompany a number of symptoms, 00:00:21.057 --> 00:00:23.014 and people can describe it differently. 00:00:23.200 --> 00:00:25.699 The physicians are supposed to be trained to recognize that, 00:00:25.700 --> 00:00:27.056 and in this day and age, 00:00:27.057 --> 00:00:29.914 with heart disease being the number one killer of people, 00:00:30.057 --> 00:00:32.585 it's pretty easy for them to want to get an EKG 00:00:32.586 --> 00:00:34.885 and see if you're having a heart attack right then. 00:00:34.886 --> 00:00:36.729 So it still sadly happens that… 00:00:36.730 --> 00:00:42.099 Heart attacks are fairly easy to rule out with an EKG, and fine, 00:00:42.100 --> 00:00:43.370 but they still get missed. 00:00:43.371 --> 00:00:47.257 But the thing that gets missed the most often in heart disease cases 00:00:47.429 --> 00:00:51.914 are people who are going to have a heart attack and die. 00:00:52.129 --> 00:00:55.529 There are sometimes warning signs before that occurs, 00:00:55.786 --> 00:00:59.470 and that is things like chest pain with exercise, 00:00:59.471 --> 00:01:01.485 only when you're maybe going up some stairs, 00:01:01.486 --> 00:01:04.100 or when you're riding your bike or going on a run. 00:01:04.857 --> 00:01:07.600 And they have that, and they think, "Oh, that's weird." 00:01:07.729 --> 00:01:10.914 Or some random episodes, doesn't even have to be with exercise. 00:01:11.243 --> 00:01:15.228 You're just having these chest pains, and you're not sure what it is, 00:01:15.229 --> 00:01:18.729 but they get worried because they know chest pain is a big deal, 00:01:19.286 --> 00:01:22.556 but they're not sure if it's an emergency, so they'll go to their family doctor 00:01:22.557 --> 00:01:25.786 or they'll go to an Instacare, which is a family doctor anyways. 00:01:26.114 --> 00:01:28.385 They don't want to go to the ER because people have it in their head 00:01:28.386 --> 00:01:30.242 that the ER is only for really serious things, 00:01:30.243 --> 00:01:31.370 and if you're not quite sure, 00:01:31.371 --> 00:01:34.171 you go to someone else to see if you should go to the ER. 00:01:34.971 --> 00:01:37.857 We're seeing a trend where patients are going in, 00:01:38.057 --> 00:01:40.229 and they're complaining of chest pain. 00:01:40.843 --> 00:01:42.742 And even the patient themselves 00:01:42.743 --> 00:01:46.000 might think that it's acid reflux or heartburn, 00:01:46.457 --> 00:01:48.142 and they might even describe it like, "Oh, you know." 00:01:48.143 --> 00:01:51.914 It feels like heartburn, or "It's just like a burning in my chest" 00:01:52.257 --> 00:01:56.056 instead of calling it the classic chest pressure or tightness. 00:01:56.057 --> 00:01:59.356 Instead of referring them for that workup, they say, "Let's watch it." 00:01:59.357 --> 00:02:02.642 And "Let me give you some omeprazole 00:02:02.643 --> 00:02:06.571 or some heartburn, some Tums and see if that feels get it better." 00:02:06.900 --> 00:02:11.300 And then the next thing you know the person dies from a heart attack. 00:02:11.314 --> 00:02:15.128 We see a lot of cases where it's chest pain and not a full workup, 00:02:15.129 --> 00:02:19.329 and then somebody either passes away or has a major cardiac event, 00:02:19.386 --> 00:02:23.800 needs a heart transplant, and has irreparable damage to their heart. 00:02:24.471 --> 00:02:27.599 As patients, we go into doctors relying on them 00:02:27.600 --> 00:02:30.042 to tell us what the possibilities are 00:02:30.043 --> 00:02:35.886 and guide us, and protect us from those most scary of conditions. 00:02:36.157 --> 00:02:39.513 Heart disease isn't just for people who are inactive or smoke, 00:02:39.514 --> 00:02:43.456 it's young people or people who exercise also can have it. 00:02:43.457 --> 00:02:44.900 It's a genetic thing as well. 00:02:44.929 --> 00:02:51.699 Because medicine and the improving medical malpractice case, 00:02:51.700 --> 00:02:58.228 both are very intricate areas of the law and medicine itself, is very difficult. 00:02:58.229 --> 00:03:03.243 You need an attorney who both understands the law around medical malpractice 00:03:03.429 --> 00:03:04.742 and who has access to, 00:03:04.743 --> 00:03:07.714 or is also very familiar with the medicine. 00:03:07.914 --> 00:03:09.456 There are two different hurdles. 00:03:09.457 --> 00:03:11.485 After a certain time frame, you don't have the option 00:03:11.486 --> 00:03:13.557 of bringing a case, so you shouldn't wait. 00:03:13.871 --> 00:03:15.885 You should get it evaluated early and decide. 00:03:15.886 --> 00:03:20.028 Just like in medicine, you've got a spot, a mole on your hand, 00:03:20.029 --> 00:03:22.629 it's probably nothing, but if you wait and do nothing, 00:03:22.630 --> 00:03:23.914 it can be really bad, 00:03:24.186 --> 00:03:26.266 and you just go to the expert, ask them, 00:03:26.571 --> 00:03:29.170 and if they tell you it's nothing, great, you leave relieved. 00:03:29.171 --> 00:03:31.771 If it is something, then you do something about it. 00:03:31.986 --> 00:03:33.429 Same thing happens with us. 00:03:33.600 --> 00:03:36.843 We look at a case, and we'll help you make that decision. 00:03:36.971 --> 00:03:38.485 We have the expertise experience 00:03:38.486 --> 00:03:41.814 to help you quickly identify whether there's a case or not.

Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, our attorneys have decades of combined experience in complex cases. We represent clients in all types of personal injury cases, with a special focus on medical malpractice claims. Our firm is associated with the following professional organizations:

  • Utah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

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