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What Is a Heart Attack and Are They Always Fatal?

A heart attack is also medically called a myocardial infarction, and it occurs when the heart muscle starts to shut down from lack of a proper blood flow to the organ. Any time that the heart does not have enough blood to keep it functioning, the muscle will start to die, which is a fatal condition for every person. If you get a blockage in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, it can have the same effect, which can turn into a heart attack. Any time that a person has a heart attack, there can be permanent damage to the heart, brain or other vital organs, and it can surely result in death to the person experiencing the heart attack.

Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack in a Hospital Can Kill a Person with a Misdiagnosis

A heart attack is an emergency situation, whereby the heart experiences trauma and the person is at a risk of total heart failure. There are instances of diagnostic error in relation to diagnosing a heart attack accurately, when someone has heart pains and goes to a hospital emergency room for care. If a doctor misdiagnoses a heart attack, the delay in administering life-saving treatments can kill the person quickly. Although it is challenging to diagnose a cardiovascular event from someone the doctor in an emergency room, with a patient who has never been seen before, if there is a missed diagnosis of a heart attack, it may be a case of medical malpractice. The clinical team at a hospital emergency room needs to use cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular diagnostic testing tools, to accurately define if the person presenting in the ER is having a heart attack or not.

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How Can a Heart Attack Be Missed by a Medical Doctor in an Emergency Room?

It is going to be difficult to answer this question, because each person presenting to the hospital emergency department will have a different set of circumstances, personal medical history, comorbidities, and lifestyle. But it is possible to miss a heart attack, and sometimes a doctor will miss this diagnosis entirely. When someone comes to the hospital emergency services with a heart related “pain,” it can be initially and finally diagnosed as:

  • A non-specific chest pains
  • Disorder of the esophagus
  • Gastrointestinal disorder
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Respiratory infection
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Shortness of breath
  • Endocarditis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary atherosclerosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Acute myocardial infarction

If you have experienced a missed diagnose of a heart attack, you can call us at the DTLA Law Group at 855.339.8879.

What to Do with a Wrongful Diagnosis of a Heart Attack Which Is Resulting in Death?

Studies show that people who have a missed diagnosis of a heart attack or of having cardiovascular disease, can result in a malpractice claim on account of the missed diagnosis. It comes to the attention of the doctors late that the individual is having a heart attack, on account of failure or delays in ordering diagnostic testing, getting a proper consult or referral, and a failure to establish a proper preliminary diagnosis that will lead to the natural conclusion of a heart attack. If this has happened to you, then you should call us to talk to a lawyer with experience in medical malpractice claims for a missed diagnosis of a heart attack. Our legal team will go over your claim for free, and talk to you about your chance to receive a full settlement recovery compensation package, that will pay your pending and upcoming medical bills.

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We can give you a free second opinion case review, and we are here to help you. We are ready to discuss your claim with you, and our attorneys are ready to work with you now. We know how to talk to the big insurance companies, and we are successful and can specialize in medical malpractice claims. We are here to talk about your claim now, and give you access to an experienced attorney in Los Angeles at our law firm.

Can I Sue for a Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack in a Hospital?

Yes, we can sue for a failure to diagnose a heart attack in a hospital. You can talk to our Los Angeles case lawyers, who can file a lawsuit on your behalf. We can answer any questions that you may have regarding your claim, and our case attorneys in Los Angeles can sue the at-fault parties and medical personnel who were instrumental in misdiagnosing your heart attack.

Average Case Value of a Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack in a Hospital

The average case value of a failure to diagnose heart attack in a hospital, can average between $100,000 and over $2 million. Your dollar amount settlement will depend on the severity of your medical condition after the missed diagnosis.

How Long Does It Take to Settle and to Get Paid on These Cases?

It can take 4-7 months to settle your claim for a missed diagnosis of a heart attack. You may still be under the guidance of a medical professional, to help you recover from the missed diagnosis you experienced. We can work with you if you have medical bills and need help sorting it out.

Statute Of Limitations – How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

The statute of limitations in California for personal injury lawsuit filing is two years. The statute of limitations in California for harassment and discrimination lawsuit filing is one year, with a two year timeframe to file for wrongful termination.

Call for a Free Consultation

We can give you a free consultation, when you give us a call today at the DTLA Law Group at 855.339.8879 right now. we are here to answer your questions, and review your claim for you to go over the medical bills, damages, and losses that you have accumulated and are associated with this claim.


Quinn, G. R., Ranum, D., Song, E., Linets, M., Keohane, C., Riah, H., & Greenberg, P. (2017). Missed Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease in Outpatient General Medicine: Insights from Malpractice Claims Data. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 43(10), 508–516.

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