- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Angina pectoris
- Other cardiac problems
Medical negligence claims for these types of problems are often based around misdiagnosis or non-diagnosis of the problem. Unfortunately angina and heart attacks are sometimes diagnosed incorrectly as indigestion or other more minor disorders.
Claims may arise as a result of the correct diagnostic tests not being carried out, for example electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) tests. Misinterpretation of test results can also lead to non-diagnosis of cardiac problems.
Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis can lead to the pain, a worse long term outcome, and possibly even death as a result of the correct treatment not being given at the appropriate time.
Appropriate prioritising of corrective surgery is important to minimise the risk to health.
What can I claim?
The value of your claim will depend on a number of factors including:
- The nature of the illness or injury
- Whether you recover fully from the illness or if it has a long term effect on your health and wellbeing
- The amount of any losses you incur as a result of the injury
You can claim compensation for the following things if they are a result of your injury:
- Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
- Loss of earnings
- Medical and nursing care costs
- Special equipment needed to carry out daily activities and any costs involved in adapting your home
- Other expenses incurred as a result of your injury, for example, travel expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment.
Contact us to speak to one of our specialist lawyers in total confidence and they will discuss the details of your claim.