Failure to Diagnose and Treat Heart Attack

Medical Malpractice Attorney Assisting Residents of Florence and Surrounding Areas

The failure to diagnose and treat a heart attack can have irrevocable and sometimes fatal consequences. Florence medical malpractice lawyer William J. Tuck represents people who have been harmed as a result of such serious mistakes. Although you cannot go back and undo a medical error, you can help ease the stress that arises from it by seeking compensation from those who may have been responsible. Mr. Tuck is dedicated to helping people in Florence, Hartsville, Darlington, and other South Carolina communities pursue the full legal remedies that they deserve. He guides clients through the legal process with compassion and experience.

Holding a Health Care Provider Liable for Failing to Diagnose or Treat a Heart Attack

South Carolina law requires doctors and other health care professionals to live up to a certain standard of care. The specific standard depends on the circumstances, but it generally means the level of care that a reasonable doctor, medical professional, or health care facility in the same area of practice (such as cardiology) would provide in a similar situation. A person suing for malpractice often must rely on experts in the field to establish the applicable standard of care in any given case. He or she also needs to directly show how the person or entity being sued fell short of the expected level of care.

A hospital or another facility may be vicariously liable for the failure of its employees to live up to this standard. In many cases, though, doctors work at facilities as independent contractors. The hospital may still be liable for malpractice in these cases under a theory of apparent or ostensible agency, even though it is not considered the doctor’s employer. Either way, an injured person may, however, sue both the doctor and the medical practice that directly employs the doctor. In addition, a hospital or facility may also be liable if it has policies and procedures in place that contributed to a failure to diagnose or treat a condition.

The remedies available for people harmed by a failure to diagnose or treat a heart attack are often substantial. They may include damages for medical bills, lost wages and diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and emotional distress, among other examples. In some cases, additional punitive damages may be awarded to punish particularly reprehensible behavior.

In some instances, a failure to diagnose or treat a heart attack causes a tragic death. When this happens, the family members of the victim may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the health care provider responsible, seeking damages based on their relationship to the victim as well as costs such as funeral and burial expenses.

Discuss Your Medical Malpractice Case with a Florence Lawyer

William J. Tuck has been representing victims and their families in personal injury cases for more than 15 years. He understands how to build the strongest possible cases for the people whom he represents, and he has a strong record of maximizing compensation for many victims.

If you or a loved one has been hurt because someone else acted carelessly, call Florence medical malpractice attorney William J. Tuck at 843-393-2201 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. We are conveniently located in the historic old Bank of Darlington Building at 54 Public Square in downtown Darlington. Injury lawyer William J. Tuck serves victims in many areas of South Carolina, including Hartsville, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield, Dillon, Cheraw, Bishopville, Lake City, Myrtle Beach, and Sumter.