Failure to Diagnose Arrhythmia
Injuries to newborns can have a devastating and lifelong effect. A failure to properly diagnose a serious condition can have permanent consequences for a patient’s life. When medical professionals fail to treat a patient with the adequate level of care, whether an adult or a child, the outcome can also be devastating for the family. Although some results of a misdiagnosis are minor and heal over time, others can leave a victim with a lifelong disability or condition that could have been avoided. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston misdiagnosis lawyers have handled claims arising from a failure to diagnose arrhythmia, which is an overly rapid or slow heartbeat. We are ready to put our substantial experience and skill to use for you during this difficult time so that you can focus on your health concerns.Understanding Arrhythmia and Related Health Conditions
Any time that a medical professional fails to make an accurate medical diagnosis in a situation involving the heart, the outcome can be disastrous or even fatal for the patient. This is especially true with children, who can be more susceptible to certain medical conditions and outcomes in their fragile state. There are a wide variety of heart rhythms and abnormal heart conditions that can cause the heart to skip beats or to have extra beats. Arrhythmias can result from physical defects in the heart or occur in response to other conditions like certain medicines, infections, or fevers.
Although many types of arrhythmias are harmless and resolve naturally, some can cause serious health impacts because they may affect the body’s ability to pump blood throughout the body. This can compromise a patient’s organ health, including the brain, liver, and kidneys. Some common indications that a patient is experiencing arrhythmia include tiredness, chest pain, dizziness, or even fainting. There are many tests that can help diagnose arrhythmia to ensure that the patient receives the treatment and care that this condition requires.Assert Your Right to Compensation Against a Negligent Doctor
If you suffered harm as a result of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose arrhythmia, your attorney can bring a medical malpractice claim against him or her to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. In order to receive compensation, there are several things that the attorney must prove. Since medical malpractice claims often involve complex, technical concepts and conditions, it is typically necessary to retain and consult with a medical expert to determine whether you have a viable claim. This expert can then testify on your behalf regarding the defendant’s lack of due care.
In general, medical professionals in Massachusetts are required to treat each patient according to the same procedures and practices that other medical professionals with similar training would use when treating a patient with similar conditions and symptoms. If, for example, it is customary for medical professionals to perform certain tests when a baby presents with certain symptoms indicating a possible arrhythmia, but the doctor fails to order these tests, the doctor probably would be deemed negligent.
After establishing that the defendant did not use appropriate care, your lawyer must show that this failure to diagnose arrhythmia caused your injuries. This is one of the most complex aspects of a medical malpractice claim because there may be other causes or medical factors that are involved. Finally, when it comes to compensation, a plaintiff who successfully establishes liability is entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, future anticipated medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages under the laws of Massachusetts.Assert Your Legal Rights with the Assistance of a Boston Attorney
If you have questions about your potential right to recovery from a careless doctor, schedule a free consultation with our diligent team of legal professionals today. We serve people in Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Plymouth, Worcester, Lawrence, and Springfield, among other Massachusetts cities. We can ensure that you receive the personalized and compassionate legal counsel that you deserve during this challenging, uncertain time. Call us now at 1-800-379-1244 or contact us online to get started.