Acute coronary syndrome is a relatively common diagnosis and includes different types of issues related to the way the heart functions and pumps blood. Most of these issues are treatable by a medical professional, but only if diagnosed and treated correctly. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference in life and death.
If you or a loved one suffered a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or missed diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, or if your loved one did not receive the correct treatment in time, you may be eligible to pursue compensation through a Pittsburgh, PA, medical malpractice case. Call Berger and Green today at 412-661-1400 for your no-cost case review.
Understanding Acute Coronary Syndrome
When a patient comes in complaining of chest pain, pressure, shortness of breath while resting, or suffers a sudden stopping of their heart, the doctors and hospital staff need to work quickly to understand what is happening and how they can stop it.
They need to undertake any necessary life-saving actions and then use lab testing or imaging to determine if they have acute coronary syndrome and get a better understanding of what is going on. Once they have a diagnosis, they can often take quick action to manage the issue, often through non-invasive treatments such as administering:
- Blood thinners
- Clot-busting drugs
Surgery may be necessary, but often an outpatient procedure to place stents will help. Modern medicine has made treating many cardiac conditions easier than it was even 30 years ago.
All too often, though, patients do not get the necessary diagnosis and go without treatment. According to one 2015 review of cardiac medical malpractice cases, diagnosis errors were the most common cause of this claim. Around a quarter of all cases included in the review centered on misdiagnosis or other diagnosis errors. Without an accurate diagnosis, there is little hope of getting the right treatment and patients remain at risk of additional problems.
Berger and Green Can Help You Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
The medical malpractice attorneys from Berger and Green can help your family pursue a payout if you or a loved one suffered additional injuries, impairments, or death because of Pittsburgh medical negligence. We know how to navigate this process and will handle every step of the way on your behalf.
One of the first things we will need to do is to gather all the facts about your case. Then, we will identify and work with a medical expert witness to file a certificate of merit as required under 231 Pennsylvania Code section 1042.3. This certificate of merit certifies that a doctor believes your doctor violated acceptable professional standards during your care. This doctor must:
- Have similar training as your doctor;
- Have similar experience as your doctor; and
- Practice nearby
At Berger and Green, our team will build a strong case and aggressively pursue the compensation we believe you deserve. We work with a vast network of medical experts and can identify the best one for your case. Call us at 412-661-1400 and let us go to work for you.
Damages Recoverable in a Pittsburgh Acute Coronary Syndrome Malpractice Case
Once we have a strong case to prove you or your loved one suffered additional injuries, pain, or other complications because of medical negligence, we can file a claim and navigate the claims process on your behalf. If we cannot reach an out-of-court settlement agreement in your case, we may be able to take your case to court to try to recover the payout you deserve.
Possible damages you could recover if we reach a settlement agreement or win a court award include:
- Additional treatment required because of the malpractice
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Prescription medication
- Other additional costs related to treatment or care
- Present and future lost wages and benefits
- Miscellaneous related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
We can also pursue wrongful death damages on your family’s behalf if your loved one died because of a diagnosis error or other medical negligence in Pittsburgh. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for a free review of your case.
Pennsylvania Limits How Long We Have to Take Legal Action in Your Case
Because of the Pennsylvania statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases, we generally have two years to take legal action and hold your doctor liable for medical malpractice in Pittsburgh. There are some exceptions to this rule, but also some reasons why you may need to act sooner. Call us as soon as possible after you discover the malpractice or to have us review your case: 412-661-1400.
Unlike some states, Pennsylvania does not put a cap on any type of compensatory damages in medical malpractice cases. We can pursue the maximum payout available to you based on the facts of your case.
Discuss Your Acute Coronary Syndrome Case with a Pittsburgh Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered preventable complications or passed away and a diagnosis error may be to blame, let the medical malpractice team from Berger and Green review your case for free. We can identify a medical expert who can review your acute coronary syndrome diagnosis and treatment and document any issues with your case.
Let us see if you are eligible to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call 412-661-1400 today to talk to a member of our Pittsburgh-area team.