If you suffered a heart attack that was caused by a doctor’s lack of proper diagnosis or treatment, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.

At Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C., our Suffolk County heart attack malpractice lawyers understand how to file a claim for compensation and pursue it aggressively. For over 35 years, we have fought for victims of medical malpractice.

We work with our own team of medical experts, so the defendant and their legal team cannot deny or lessen the value of your claim. We pair hard work with compassion to ensure the details of your story are heard from the beginning to the end of the legal process.

If you or a loved one was injured by a doctor’s negligence, a seasoned medical malpractice attorney could review your case and help you pursue compensation for the damages you suffered.

Types of Heart Attack Malpractice

Patients who are not diagnosed and treated appropriately within a short time period may face extreme obstacles in their healing or even death. The treating physician, medical facility, or other members of the healthcare team may be responsible for a patient’s increased injuries and health obstacles if they act negligently. Examples of this heart attack malpractice include:

  • Failing to order cardiac tests
  • Failing to look at the symptoms together
  • Misdiagnosing a heart attack as anxiety or heartburn
  • Failing to review family history for cardiac risks
  • Interpreting diagnostic tests incorrectly

If a doctor makes a mistake in the diagnosis or treatment of your heart attack or does not properly treat the underlying condition, they may be liable for your injuries.

Heart Attack Malpractice and Pure Comparative Fault

Potential plaintiffs should always be open and honest with their Suffolk County heart attack malpractice lawyer. By doing so, our lawyers can provide the best representation possible and build a strong case in their favor based on the facts. Sometimes this will involve providing information that shows that the plaintiff is partially responsible for their own injuries.

As per New York Civil Practice Law & Rules §1411, plaintiffs in a heart attack malpractice case are subject to pure comparative fault. Under this law, anything the plaintiff did or did not do that caused or made their injuries worse may be used against them. Plaintiffs may be partially liable in their claim if they:

  • Failed to report their heart attack symptoms
  • Did not follow the directions of their doctor
  • Were not open with their physicians about their symptoms

If the case goes to trial, the jury has the option to assign the plaintiff a percentage of fault in addition to the defendant. The percentage that a plaintiff is liable for their injuries will be the same percentage used to reduce any monetary award they receive from the jury. However, a Suffolk County heart attack malpractice lawyer may be able to find a way to mitigate a plaintiff’s contributory negligence to their case.

Appealing a Case in Suffolk County

If the plaintiff believes the judge or jury decided their case in a way that was illegal or unfair, they are entitled to appeal the decision. It is important to note that appealing the case is based on the way the judge or jury came to their decision, not the decision itself.

Plaintiffs have 30 days from the judgment to file a notice of appeal, as noted in New York Civil Practice Law & Rules § 5513. If a plaintiff does not file the notice within the allotted timeframe, the plaintiff may lose their right to appeal in the future.

Retaining a Suffolk County Heart Attack Malpractice Attorney

When a heart attack is not correctly diagnosed and treated in a timely matter, patients may endure additional pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earning ability, changes in their relationships, and increased medical bills. Doctors who commit these errors are liable for these damages and are required by New York law to compensate the injured patient.

The Suffolk County heart attack malpractice lawyers at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. are experienced in these types of cases and are ready to hold the doctors and other medical staff who harmed you accountable. We can listen to your story when no one else has and back it up with our powerful legal strategies.

While no amount of monetary compensation will change the circumstances, it can decrease your suffering and stabilize your life going forward. Our lawyers are available to discuss the details of your case when you are ready. Call or email today for your free case evaluation.

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