Experienced Cardiac Case Attorneys
The Leonard Law Firm has decades of experience defending those who have been injured due to medical malpractice and has obtained millions of dollars for his clients. We believe that it is our duty to continue to provide our best service to people who have been harmed in a medical facility, and we do this by treating you with the highest level of care. After you have suffered injuries due to medical malpractice, your physical condition may be highly delicate, and you need someone who will do the fighting for you. Our law firm will be your advocate so that you can concentrate on healing from your injuries.
When Medical Professionals Let Us Down
When people begin to feel the symptoms of a heart attack, they know that the first thing they must do is go to the emergency room. We trust the doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to take care of us and properly diagnose and treat our conditions. Although this is what occurs most of the time, sometimes, medical professionals perform their duties negligently.
The common symptoms of a heart attack include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the shoulders or arms
- Discomfort or pain in the chest area
- Feelings of weakness or lightheadedness
- Discomfort or pain in the neck, back or jaw
People begin to experience the symptoms listed above when the heart does not receive enough blood and the cells begin to die because they are not obtaining sufficient oxygen. It is imperative that people suffering a heart attack receive immediate treatment that can restore oxygen to the heart. Otherwise, the heart muscle continues to sustain damage.
An Unfortunate Scenario
After the symptoms of their heart attacks began, sufferers went to the emergency room as quickly as they could. However, the staff told them they were doing well and that there weren’t any problems. Then, they were sent home. This scenario describes what happened to several people just like you whose heart attacks went misdiagnosed. Therefore, they did not receive the proper treatment, resulting irreversible damage to their heart muscles or even death.
Approximately 525,000 people suffer from a heart attack each year according to the American Heart Association. An additional 210,000 have a subsequent heart attack every year. If the symptoms are diagnosed correctly and treated promptly, the patient has a greater chance of surviving the attack.
Why Medical Professionals Misdiagnose Heart Attacks
Medical professionals can misdiagnose a heart attack because of negligence or incompetence, and it is more likely to happen to women than to men. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, women under the age of 55 who went to the emergency room with heart attack symptoms were misdiagnosed seven times more often than male patients.
Attorney Brian T. Leonard and his father Jim only opened The Leonard Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in 2015, but they have been representing clients in medical malpractice lawsuits for decades. Mr. Leonard’s reputation as one of the Phoenix area’s most trustworthy lawyers is well-documented. In fact the Executive Board nominated him to become a member of “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.”