How Does Heart Attack Misdiagnosis Happen?

Medical workers have the responsibility to check for signs of a heart attack if a patient exhibits these symptoms, running blood tests to check for certain cardiac enzymes or ordering electrocardiogram testing. However, some medical professionals mistake atypical heart attack symptoms for anxiety, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pneumonia, and other less serious conditions. Others may dismiss a patient’s symptoms without checking for heart attack symptoms.

These misdiagnoses can be extremely dangerous. The longer a heart attack goes untreated, heart muscle can die. When a certain amount of heart muscle dies off, the heart will fail — resulting in death or long-lasting complications.

Missouri Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

If you want to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Kansas City, you need to act quickly. Missouri imposes a two-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases. This means that you have two years from the date of the heart attack misdiagnosis to file your lawsuit; if you miss this deadline, the court will dismiss your claim.

There are a few exceptions to the statute of limitations, although they may not apply to most heart attack misdiagnosis cases. Speak to an attorney at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet to confirm your filing deadline and secure your right to a medical malpractice trial.

Contact Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet Today

When you visit an emergency room, clinic, or other healthcare facility with symptoms of a heart attack, it is the responsibility of the medical professionals treating you to check for this condition. If you or a loved one experienced a heart attack misdiagnosis, you can suffer additional injuries — and if the professionals do not catch the condition in time, the patient may die.

The attorneys at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet can help you seek justice. 

Ryan Fowler
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and personal injury clients.