What can you do when your loved one suffers a heart attack that should have been prevented?

Due to potential for death or serious injury care must be taken to notice and react to symptoms of a heart attack before it is too late.  If your loved one has suffered death or serious injury from a heart attack when the heart attack could have been treated they might have a malpractice lawsuit.

Medical malpractice is a serious problem.  In a 2013 study, A New, Evidence-Based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care by John T. James, PhD., premature death associated with preventable harm to patients was over 400,000 per year.  

What is a heart attack?

A heart attach or myocardial infarction occurs when the heart muscle is deprived is needed oxygen, causing a portion of the hearth muscle to die.  The coronary artery supplies oxygen filled blood to the heart.  When the coronary artery breaks or when there is a blockage, the blood and oxygen flow is interrupted causing a heart attack.  A heart attack is also known as a coronary thrombosis or coronary occlusion.  A heart attack is an emergency situation.  Due to the life threatening nature of a hearth attack, a suspected heart attack must be ruled out before a doctor assumes the symptoms are caused from something else. 

What is cardio vascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease or heart disease refers to a broad range of conditions that affect the heart muscle and the blood vesicles that supply blood to the heart.  This includes coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, and pericarditis.  In the United States a common form of cardiovascular disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. 

Symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back;
  • Pain in both arms particularly the left;
  • Feeling weak, light headed, or faint,
  • Chest pain or discomfort;
  • Numbness in the arms and legs;
  • Shortness of breath. 

Medical malpractice involving heath attacks usually is the result of:

  • Misdiagnosing a heart attack, and assuming it is something else like acid reflux, angina, muscle injury, anxiety, broken ribs;
  • Medial malpractice cases also involve the incorrect reading of the ECG;
  • Failure diagnose the emergency medical condition by missing the symptoms of a serious condition,
  • Failure to treat a known dangerous condition leading to an emergency event.

Fight for the compensation and justice you deserve for the injuries you have sustained, or for your loved one who had their life taken away. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can win compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and diminished future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Permanent catastrophic injuries or disabilities,
  • Wrongful death

Heart Attack Malpractice Can Cause Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death

At The Bartinik Law Firm LLC we are very selective about the medical malpractice cases we accept. We strive to fight for individuals who have endured very serious injuries and have the most to gain from winning a Connecticut medical malpractice suit.  We also work with families who have lost their loved ones due to the negligence of a medical professional.

You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or a loved one has been faced with one of the following situations:

  • Failure to treat symptoms of an upcoming heart attack,
  • Brain injury,
  • Wrongful death.

How to evaluate whether you have a medical malpractice case from heart attack?

Do you think that a loved is the victim of a medical malpractice involving a heart attack?  How is your case evaluated?  The first step is to gather the medical records.  For example, if your loved one lived in Norwich, Connecticut and suffered an emergency heart attack they likely treated in the Backus Hospital emergency room.  You should (or your lawyer should) request all of the records for their care including the hospital records, tests, and the lab work.  You should also get all of the cardiology records.  Furthermore, you will need all of the relevant prior medical records to evaluate the risk of heart attack.  Next, you will have to find a doctor that is of the same specialty as the defendant doctor to review the case.  You will also need a cardiologist to offer an opinion about the damage to the heart and related structures.  Only if you get an opinion that medical malpractice has occurred, can you proceed with your case. 

There are also additional hurtles that you must also overcome, like proof of damages.  You must prove all of your harms and losses.  You must also prove that your harms and losses were caused from the medical malpractice, and not any underlying heart condition.  You will be forced to examine the consequences of the error and whether the underlying condition contributed to the harm.  All of these medical questions require answers by qualified medical experts to determine the harms and losses suffered by your loved one.  

If you know negligent medical professionals caused life-changing injury or death to a loved one due to a heart attack related malpractice error it's time to fight back and let them know they will be held accountable for their malpractice.

Contact Our Southeastern Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Our medical malpractice lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm LLC do not accept every case. For a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, we must prove that the medical provider failed to live up to the appropriate standard of care, as well as that the medical negligence or malpractice caused harm to our client.

When The Bartinik Law Firm LLC represents you in your medical malpractice case, you can expect attention to detail.  You can also expect excellent customer service on the day-to-day basis in our office.  Just take a look at our former client testimonials on this website.  When it comes to case preparation and trial technique, we have Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys ready to take your case to trial if necessary.  Additionally, we have also taught Health Law at the Quinnipiac College School of Law, lecturing to other attorneys on the topic of medical malpractice. We set the standard for medical malpractice attorneys throughout the state of Connecticut.

If you or a loved one were injured or killed by a heart attack due to the negligence of a medical professional contact The Bartinik Law Firm LLC at 860-445-8521 or toll free 888-717-4211 today for a free consultation.


Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut