Q: Medical negligence with diagnosing heart attack
My dad went to the hospital with chest pains. They said it was a heart attack and sent him to a bigger hospital. In the ER there they said blood test was negative for a heart attack but ekg was abnormal so they knew it was something cardiac related. He had pain meds and nitro but it didn't ease the pain. My dad asked if you he blood test was negative then that meant he didn't have a heart attack and the dr said he wasn't sure. He waited in the ER for 2 hours before a cardiologist came and took him to cath lab. There they found his main coronary artery was closed. He was prepped for emergency open heart surgery. His heart was severely damaged from the artery being closed for so long. We weren't sure he would survive. He has a history of heart disease and 3 previous heart attacks. Do we have any options here?
A: You will need to consult an attorney to discuss some more of the facts behind your possible claim. It would be helpful to get an electronic copy of your father's medical records for the attorney's review. Keep in mind, though, that when it comes to medical malpractice claims, there is a statute of limitations, which means you want to make sure that you consult with the attorney before the time lapses to file suit, if one is necessary.
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