Chicago Heart Attack Errors Attorney
When a patient seeks help from a healthcare provider for symptoms of a heart attack, that patient should be able to expect that the healthcare provider will give an accurate diagnosis and will be able to provide treatment and care for the condition. Yet heart attack errors can happen, and patients can suffer serious and life-threatening harm. If your doctor made an error in diagnosing or treating a heart attack, you may be able to seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. A dedicated Chicago heart attack errors lawyer can provide you with more information about medical malpractice law in Illinois and your options for filing a claim.
Statute of Limitations in Chicago Heart Attack Errors Cases
How much time do you have to file a heart attack error lawsuit? Under Illinois law, there is a two-year statute of limitations for most lawsuits premised on medical negligence. Accordingly, you should plan to file your claim well within that two-year time period, which usually opens on the date that the healthcare provider’s heart attack error caused the patient’s injury.
In many cases, heart attack errors may lead to a patient’s death. Under these devastating circumstances, it may be possible for the patient’s surviving spouse or children to obtain compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death claim in Chicago also has a two-year statute of limitations, but it must be filed within two years from the date of the patient’s death.
Common Types of Heart Attack Errors in Chicago
Heart attack errors can take a variety of forms, and one or more healthcare providers may be responsible for the harm that results from the mistake. The following are common examples of heart attack errors that can occur in Chicago:
- Failure to diagnose a heart attack;
- Misdiagnosis of a heart attack;
- Delayed diagnosis of a heart attack;
- Failure to order tests to diagnose a heart attack, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) or blood tests, or sometimes a chest x-ray, an echocardiogram, a cardiac CT, or an MR, according to the Mayo Clinic;
- Mistake reading test results to diagnose a heart attack, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) or blood tests;
- Negligent treatment of a heart attack, including failure to use appropriate medication or to recommend a specific surgical procedures;
- Medication error in treating a heart attack;
- Surgical error in treating a heart attack; or
- Failure to recommend appropriate rehabilitation after a heart attack based on the patient’s medical history and lifestyle.
When one of the above mistakes occurs, or another type of heart attack error results in a patient injury or death, it may be possible to sue the responsible healthcare provider for negligence.
Contact Our Heart Attack Error Lawyers in Chicago
If you experienced additional harm as a result of a heart attack mistake, or if you lost a loved one due to a healthcare provider’s heart attack error, one of our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys can speak with you today about filing a claim for financial compensation. Contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC to learn more about the services we provide to injured patients and their families in Illinois.