A missed heart attack diagnosis brings the highest malpractice payout among all medical malpractice cases, research shows. Over the last 10 years, the median jury verdict for heart attack malpractice lawsuits has been $941,000, according to data from the Jury Verdict Research, which tracks and analyzes nationwide trends in personal injury litigation.
The record verdict came out of an Illinois case in 1997 when a jury awarded 9 million to the family of a victim who died because of a doctor's failure to diagnose a heart condition. A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a heart condition puts the patient as risk for paralysis, stroke and potentially, death. Doctors have a professional obligation to perform routine tests to either diagnose heart disease or rule out its existence. In our overcrowded, costly and commercialized healthcare system, physicians often do not take the time required for them to do their jobs effectively. And in their profession, such negligence and ineffectiveness is a matter of life and death.
Whatever the reason, these errors in judgment cause much pain and trauma to affected families when they could have been avoided just by taking a little more time in the examining room or resolved with a little more patience in performing the needed tests.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, especially because a negligent physician failed to diagnose a heart condition, call us so we can review your case and inform you of your legal options. We understand your pain and will fight for a result that brings you much-needed relief and justice.
Money cannot bring back a cherished family member, but it will help restore some security and peace of mind to those who have been victimized. It will also help us play a part in waking up the medical community to a problem that is causing tragedy and heartbreak to thousands of families and to some extent, prevent it from happening in the future.