Common Cardiology Malpractice Claims
Cardiology is one of the most sensitive branches of medicine and, while treatments continue to advance and improve, these treatments are still vulnerable to the same lack of vigilance and negligence that can plague other kinds of medicine. The difference in cardiology cases is that needless errors can lead to serious trauma and even the death of the patient.
Common cardiology malpractice claims involve:
- Delay in treatment
- Discharge with signs and symptoms of heart attack
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to appropriately interpret EKG, cardiac catheter, etc.
- Failure to monitor patient
- Failure to obtain appointment consult
- Faulty medical devices (such as pacemaker devices, stent devices, etc.)
- Heart valve surgery or unnecessary heart surgery
- Prescription/medication errors
- Surgical procedure errors
- Treatment mismanagement
If you or a loved one’s cardiology treatment involved one of these factors, or any other that negatively impacted their health, then the time to seek counsel is now.
Answering Your Questions About Cardiology Malpractice
We are dedicated to providing our clients with as much information as possible regarding potential cardiology malpractice cases. Below are answers to four of the most frequent questions we hear from our clients.
What constitutes heart surgery malpractice?
Heart surgery malpractice is when the surgeon does not provide the expected standard of care and, through negligence, causes harm to the patient. An example of this could be making mistakes during surgery, operating on the wrong patient or misdiagnosing a heart condition.
What is considered the standard of care for heart doctors?
The “standard of care” refers to the type of care that a patient should realistically expect to get at any medical center. This doesn’t mean that doctors have to be 100% successful in every case. But it does mean that a doctor who is negligent or reckless has not provided the care the patient deserves, leading to an adverse outcome. In some cases, an outside medical expert will be brought in to testify about the expected standard of care.
What are the time limits for filing a medical malpractice claim in Indiana?
Indiana does have a statute of limitation on medical malpractice cases that runs for two years from the date of the incident. This is why it’s important to work with a lawyer quickly to explore your options. Delaying this process could cause you to negate an otherwise viable claim.
How do damages work in a heart surgery malpractice claim?
You can seek many types of damages after a serious malpractice claim. These include the cost of additional medical treatment, lost wages, lost earning capacity and much more. If a loved one passed away as a result of malpractice, damages could include lost future wages and funeral costs. An experienced legal team can ensure that you understand all potential types of compensation.