Emergency Room Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack in an Oregon Emergency Room: Oregon Medical Malpractice Explain the Deadly Consequences


You do not need to be a medical professional to know that a heart attack is a medical emergency.  This is particularly true if the patient has the classic, telltale signs of a heart attack or is transferred to an emergency room with those signs.  Even a patient who goes to an emergency room with these troubling signs should be taken seriously.  While many hospitals competently care for patients with this type of urgent medical emergency, unfortunately far too many hospitals fail heart attack patients.  These heart attack patients become heart attack victims due to Oregon medical malpractice.  An emergency room failure to diagnose a heart attack is a catastrophic mistake.  Our Oregon medical malpractice explain common causes of emergency room malpractice and liability for victims.


What is a Heart Attack?


A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is when the flow of blood to one part of the heart is blocked or obstructed.  The most common cause is plague buildup which causes a blood clot.  This blood clot is dangerous because it can blood or greatly obstruct the blood flow.  Without the flow of fresh, oxygenated blood, the heart immediately begins to suffer injury.  The rest of the body also begins to suffer irreparable damage due to the lack of oxygenated blood.  


Common Causes of When an Emergency Room Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack Leads to Personal Injuries


There are many reasons why an emergency room failure to diagnose a heart attack could result in serious personal injuries.  This includes some of the most egregious conduct which could be avoided with proper medical care and treatment.  Some of the most common causes of Oregon medical malpractice for failing to diagnose a heart attack include the following:


  • Understaffed emergency rooms;
  • Poorly trained emergency room staffs;
  • Reckless nursing room staff;
  • Improper triaging of patients; 
  • Ignoring patients;
  • Failing to identify the signs of a heart attack;
  • Delaying treatment for a heart attack;
  • Failure to perform necessary tests; 
  • Negligently performing tests;
  • Recklessly reading test results or reading results improperly;
  • Inexperienced staff;
  • Failing to properly monitor and supervise patients;
  • Failing to electronically monitor patients with signs of a heart attack; and
  • Many other causes.


Liability for Failing to Diagnose a Heart Attack


Liability in an Oregon medical malpractice case is premised on a negligence cause of action.  This is when a healthcare provider has a duty, breaches that duty, and the breach causes damages.  A healthcare provider has a duty to his or her patients to exercise reasonable care that a reasonably prudent healthcare provider would in similar circumstances.  This means that a healthcare provider, whether that is a physician, nurse, or technician, must provide reasonably competent care to a patient that another physician, nurse, or technician would have in similar circumstances.   


Victims of emergency room malpractice could be seriously injured or wrongfully killed.  If a victim can prove that a hospital or one of its staff members had a duty of care, breached that duty, and the duty of that cause caused injuries to the victim, it is likely that the victim may be cable to prove liability.  This is important because proving liability is the first step to winning a personal injury case.  The next step would be establishing and proving damages, which can be difficult too.  


Our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers Offer FREE Consultations to Help Make This Process Less Difficult for You and Your Family


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


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