New Mexico heart attack misdiagnosis
While most doctors and medical professionals are well-acquainted with heart attack symptoms, they may sometimes fail to make the correct diagnosis. When an individual is experiencing a heart attack, time is of the essence. If a doctor fails to diagnose a heart attack in time, the victim may experience severe complications such as stroke or death. Unfortunately, many heart attack diagnoses are missed due to the carelessness or negligence of medical professionals.
If you have suffered severe injuries due to a healthcare provider’s failure to diagnose your heart attack, you need a trusted medical malpractice attorney in your corner. At Dominguez Law, our attorneys understand the ins and outs of New Mexico medical malpractice law and are ready to apply their experience and skills to your unique case. We are committed to holding those responsible fully accountable while you devote your focus to your healing and recovery.
Examples of Negligence in a Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack Lawsuit
To establish liability in a failure to diagnose a heart attack lawsuit, your case must meet certain standards of proof. One of the main elements you must prove in a medical malpractice claim is that your doctor violated the professional standard of care. In other words, you must establish that your doctor did take the steps other doctors would in a similar situation. A few examples of how a doctor may violate the standard of care and fail to diagnose a heart attack include:
- Overlooking a patient’s history or heart attack risk factors
- Ruling out a heart attack based on the patient’s age
- Failure to recognize heart attack symptoms
- Failure to perform or order appropriate diagnostic testing
- Neglecting to take thorough patient notes
- Failure to communicate the patient’s condition and risk factors to the patient or their caretakers
- Misdiagnosing a heart attack as a less severe condition
If your doctor failed to diagnose a heart attack in you or a member of your family, you might be entitled to compensation for your subsequent injuries and other losses. An experienced attorney can help you establish liability and hold the negligent parties accountable for the suffering they caused.
Who May Be Held Liable for Failing to Diagnose a Heart Attack?
While many individuals assume that the doctor bears full responsibility for a misdiagnosis, the blame could lie with more than one person. Some parties that may be held liable for failing to diagnose a heart attack include the following:
- Hospitals or emergency room practices
- Registered nurses, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners
- Cardiologists or other specialists
- Primary care physicians or family doctors
- Lab technicians
Your attorney will work with you to understand every detail of your case to determine which parties should be held accountable for your losses. At Dominguez Law, you can trust us to leave no stone unturned as we investigate your claim.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack Lawsuits in New Mexico?
Every state has a legal time limit known as the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims to be brought forward. In New Mexico, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims, including misdiagnosis of a heart attack, is three years from the date of the incident.
While this may seem like more than enough time to pursue a claim, it is typically in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. All too frequently, essential evidence is lost or destroyed over time, and essential witnesses may forget key details about what they saw. Meeting with an attorney soon after discovering the malpractice can help you understand your legal options and your best path forward.
Possible Damages Available Through a Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack Lawsuit in New Mexico
At Dominguez law, we understand the toll failing to diagnose a heart attack can have on victims and their families. If a heart attack goes undiagnosed, the patient may face severe health complications or even death. If you or a family member suffered significant losses due to a healthcare professional’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your economic and noneconomic damages. Some damages your attorney may be able to help you recover include the following:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Loss of companionship
- Significant disability
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Your attorney will thoroughly investigate your case to determine which damages you may be eligible to receive through your malpractice claim.
Discuss Your Case With a Trusted Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
Failure to diagnose a heart attack can end in tragedy for victims and their families. If you have suffered losses due to a healthcare provider’s negligence, an experienced attorney may be able to help. At Dominguez Law, our attorneys are committed to guiding medical malpractice victims and their families through New Mexico’s complex legal process. We are passionate, aggressive, and dedicated to putting our client’s needs first, and take a personalized approach to each case so that our clients feel heard, understood, and supported.
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