Q: Can cardiology malpractice occur during the preventative stages of a heart problem or is it only if a mistake happens during heart surgery?
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The concept of malpractice in general can be a little difficult to understand because many people view it as some type of surgical mistake. Cardiology malpractice can occur at any stage during your illness or injury – including the time period leading up to the event in the preventative stages of a heart problem.
Cardiology malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to give a certain standard of care that other professionals in their situation would generally provide. Mistakes happen and they are not always considered malpractice if the doctor was doing everything right to keep you safe and healthy.
So what part of your preventative care could be considered cardiology malpractice? If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol and your doctor either failed to discover that or failed to follow proper protocol for treatment after the discovery, this could be malpractice. If you have a strong family history of heart disease or other heart problems and your doctor knew this and didn't take it seriously, this could also be malpractice. Other examples would be disregarding or underestimating symptoms, as well as making mistakes in reviewing test results/administering tests or communicating those results to you.
The bottom line is that cardiology malpractice comes in many forms and if you have a feeling you are the victim of this type of malpractice, you should do something about it. The cardiology malpractice attorneys at The Girards Law Firm offer a free initial consultation, so call today at 888-333-97009 to schedule a time to meet with us and we will help you understand if you have a valid malpractice case.