New Jersey Cardiology Malpractice Lawyers
Attorneys Representing Victims of Cardiologist Errors in NJ
Cardiologists are given the highly important task of treating heart problems and conditions affecting the cardiovascular system. With such a critical role in the prevention and treatment of heart diseases and their symptoms, medical malpractice in cardiology has the potential to cause some of the most catastrophic harm. Sadly, a poorly managed, inaccurately diagnosed, or improperly treated heart condition can cost a patient their life. Countless people in the United States suffer serious complications or death from cardiovascular disease and other heart issues each year, some of which may have been preventable. When cardiology errors result in complications, worsening disease, resulting conditions or injuries, or death to the patient, the law recognizes this as medical malpractice. Of course, not every potential lawsuit against a cardiologist meets the necessary requirements under New Jersey law, which makes it all the more essential to consult an experienced attorney about your specific case.
If you or a loved one suspects you may have been a victim of cardiology errors, the New Jersey cardiology malpractice lawyers at Fronzuto Law Group can evaluate your possible claim for damages. Our firm has a concentrated focus on obtaining compensation for victims of medical negligence involving cardiologists and other medical professionals in New Jersey. With years of experience and millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements behind us, we are thoroughly prepared to seek the best possible result in your case. Contact us online or call 973-435-4551 for a free consultation.
What does a Cardiologist do?
A cardiologist is a doctor that specializes in issues pertaining to the heart, its vessels, and the greater cardiovascular system. In order to be a cardiologist, a person must complete four years of college and then another four years of medical school. After successfully completing medical school, he or she must attend at least three years of general residency and then yet another minimum of three years of specialized training in cardiology. After all education and training has been accomplished, the doctor takes a specialized exam related to cardiology, which he or she must pass to become certified to treat patients.
Types of Negligence in Cardiology
The doctor-patient relationship is an important one, particularly the relationship between a patient and his or her cardiologist. As you have more contact with a particular cardiologist, you come to trust their judgement, generally accepting their diagnosis and proposed course of treatment as correct. Despite your best intentions, in some situations, cardiac specialists make mistakes. This is also true for other healthcare providers engaged in the practice of cardiology.
A doctor can help diagnose many conditions of the heart. But what happens if a cardiologist misdiagnoses or fails to properly diagnose or treat patients? The result of malpractice by a cardiologist can be any number of permanent injuries and even the patient’s death. Some errors in cardiology are more common than others. Similarly, there are certain leading reasons why cardiologists are sued for malpractice. The following is a list of the top five reasons for cardiology malpractice lawsuits:
- Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis of a condition, or delay in diagnosis: Most cases involve a failure to properly diagnose a myocardial infarction, the medical term for a heart attack. Studies have shown that a failure or delay in the diagnosis can be due to a particular set of symptoms, the diagnostic tests used, the inconclusiveness of these tests, or a false interpretation of test results;
- Improper follow up after treatment: Failure of a doctor’s office to follow up on tests, procedures, and continued appointments is a contributing factor in some cardiology malpractice cases. Doctors should have proper procedures in place to avoid improper follow up care and ensure the health of their patients.
- Improper selection of treatment: Cardiologists must pay special attention to each patient and ensure that the chosen treatment is appropriate;
- Improper performance of surgery or other procedure: Any procedure poses risks to patients. However, heart surgery and other procedures involving cardiovascular conditions have particularly high stakes. If a doctor failed to do everything correctly and something went wrong during a procedure, it may be considered negligence. This is a common reason for lawsuits.
- Mistakes with medication: In other cases, lawsuits stem from issues concerning the medications prescribed and the damage caused by errors with these medications.
Common Heart Problems Involved in Lawsuits
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for people in the United States. In fact, the CDC reports that there are 610,000 deaths each year as a result of heart disease. This means that one in every four deaths in the United States is due to heart disease. Coronary heart disease is responsible for 371,000 deaths out of the 610,000 deaths per year. It impacts all races and ethnicities equally.
Coronary heart disease (CAD) occurs when there is a buildup of plaque in the walls of the arteries. The arteries that are responsible for the blood supply to the heart and other parts of the body become narrowed by plaque. This plaque is caused by a continued buildup of deposits of cholesterol. This buildup of cholesterol in the form of plaque makes it difficult for blood to travel in the necessary manner to all parts of the body and heart. The end result is a partial or complete disruption in the blood flow.
If the heart does not receive enough blood flow, it becomes weak and parts of the muscle begin to die. When this occurs, a person may experience chest pain known as angina. This is a common symptom of coronary artery disease. The continued weakening of the heart through the lack of blood flow can cause an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), and ultimately, heart failure. The above can be a slow process and, if undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, it can be fatal.
Contact a NJ Cardiology Malpractice Lawyer for Help
Medical problems or loss of a loved one due to a cardiovascular issue can be devastating. Even more devastating is the fact that it may not have happened with proper medical treatment. If you are someone you love has been injured due to cardiology mistakes in New Jersey, contact Fronzuto Law Group for immediate assistance today. You can reach us anytime at 973-435-4551 for answers to your questions and a free evaluation of your case.
- Heart Disease Facts & Statistics, CDC
- Angina (Chest Pain), American Heart Association