My A-Fib Was Misdiagnosed in Oregon

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Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers Help if A-Fib Was Misdiagnosed in Oregon


A-Fib is a commonly diagnosed heart condition. It is typically fairly treatable with medical therapy and surgery if indicated. However, if a provider fails to diagnosis A-Fib, this can lead to serious consequences for the patient. When left undiagnosed, A-Fib can cause serious and even permanent damage to a person’s heart. This can even lead to wrongful death. This is why our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers understand just how serious this can be. Call our office today if your A-Fib was misdiagnosed in Oregon.


Like all heart conditions, A-Fib affects a vital part of your body.  Even though your heart is amazing and can heal or strengthen itself as needed, damage to your heart can be permanent and often times disabling.  It can make tasks such as carrying grocery bags, walking up stairs, or even just getting up from a chair much more difficult and even impossible for some individuals.  What is worse is that A-Fib does not just happen to individuals who may be overweight or out of shape, but A-Fib can happen to perfectly healthy individuals who are the perfect image of health.  That is because A-Fib has other factors that can cause it making it harder to diagnose if a physician or healthcare provider does not give a patient the proper amount of time and evaluation.  This also means that when A-Fib was misdiagnosed in Oregon, it could actually be due to medical malpractice.


Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) Explained: Understand What it is


According to medical sources, a person with A-Fib has an irregular and very quick heart beat. This affects all four chambers of the heart. While a normal heart’s chambers beat in unison to allow for oxygenated blood to be distributed to the rest of the body, a person with untreated A-Fib’s heart chambers does not allow their heart to distribute the oxygenated blood flow properly. The irregular heart beat causes skipping a beat, faster beat, fluttering, shaking or erratic rate of the heart. As a result of improper blood flow distribution, the heart has to pump harder and more quickly to distribute oxygen to the rest of the body. 


Patient’s with untreated A-Fib are often at higher risk for blood clots because blood can pool in the heart causing a clot to form. Additionally, if A-Fib is left untreated, heart failure can occur as the heart has had to work much harder to distribute blood to the rest of the body. Heart attack can occur as well if A-Fib is not properly managed.


How Can A-Fib Misdiagnosis Be Caused By Medical Malpractice?


Many reasons of A-Fib misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis can be due to medical malpractice. If a provider misses the diagnosis in a timely manner, this can result in permanent damage to the patient’s heart. Damage typically takes some time to form. Therefore, if a provider leaves the condition undiagnosed for an extended period of time, this is almost always due to pure negligence. Medical malpractice can also occur when a patient is improperly treated for A-Fib.


The most common causes of A-Fib misdiagnosis or treatment errors include the following:


  • Failing to run proper tests
  • Misinterpreting test results
  • Failing to listen to a patient’s complaints
  • Failing to properly assess the patient
  • Inappropriate medication use
  • Inappropriate surgery performed
  • Failing to refer the patient to the appropriate specialist (i.e. cardiologist)
  • Delay in treating A-Fib


These are just a few of the many ways A-Fib misdiagnosing and treatment errors can be caused by medical malpractice.


Common Injuries and Damages Due to A-Fib Misdiagnoses


A-Fib can cause very serious personal injuries that can be recovered in a lawsuit under what is known as “damages.”  The relief sought in a lawsuit is known as “damages” and it is typically compensatory in nature, meaning monetary.  


Victims who have had their A-Fib misdiagnosed may suffer the following types of personal injuries that could be compensation as damages:


  • Heart failure
  • Heart attacks
  • Scarring to heart tissue
  • Lung damage and lung scarring
  • Coronary nerve injuries 
  • Aortic valve injuries
  • Damages to the arteries or viens
  • Blood clots including pulmonary embolisms or PEs
  • Brain injuries including brain clots
  • Strokes
  • Brain bleeds
  • Nerve damage 
  • Wrongful death, and 
  • Other types of serious personal injuries.


If I Suspect My Doctor Misdiagnosed my A-Fib, What Should I Do?


There are two general steps that a victim who believes their A-Fib has been misdiagnosed should do.  First, get a second opinion immediately.  This includes gathering copies of your medical records and asking another doctor’s office to take a look and decide if you have A-Fib and when it was probably able to be diagnosed.  This will help dictate what treatment you should get and what damage you may have so you can get it repaired immediately or under control immediately (i.e., medication or different medication).


Second, ask a lawyer for help.  You do NOT have an unlimited time to file a lawsuit of A-Fib was misdiagnosed in Oregon.  Rather, you have a very limited time to file a lawsuit and you must immediately get it received and a lawsuit filed within the narrow statute of limitations period.  This is a time limit on filing a lawsuit that must be satisfied or your case could be automatically dismissed.  There are many different time limits and extensions depending on the type of malpractice, the case, the victim (i.e., if a child), and even the defendant.  This means that cases must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and all misdiagnosis cases may have different time limits to file a claim.  Always ask a trained and experienced lawyer like one or ours how long you may have to file your lawsuit in Oregon.


But the most important thing is to make sure your A-Fib is being properly treated and healed first.  Get it treated and stabilized, and have you or a family member contact a lawyer to begin working on your claim.  Do not delay.


How Can Our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers Help You?


As you can see, a delay in an A-Fib diagnosis can be quite detrimental to the patient’s health. A-Fib is a condition that can be easily diagnosed. If a provider fails to diagnosis a patient properly or provides inadequate treatment for A-Fib, this can lead to catastrophic consequences, including wrongful death. If you or your loved one is a victim of A-Fib misdiagnosis or treatment mistakes for their condition, we encourage you to call our office today. 


Our experienced Oregon medical malpractice lawyers are here to help you and can determine if you may be eligible for compensation. Compensation can include:


  • Pain and suffering 
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future wages
  • Medical Bills
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy if you were the victim of a stroke due to an A-Fib related clot that was left untreated
  • Physical rehabilitation for stroke related to A-Fib blood clot


Misdiagnosis of A-Fib or improper treatment can create devastating consequences for the patient. This is why we strongly encourage you to call our office today for a FREE consultation to determine what compensation you may be eligible for.


We Can Help You Today With Your A-Fib Claim in Oregon


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.


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