Heart attacks and their misdiagnosis are potentially life-threatening and can have serious long-term consequences. However, there is a much higher chance of a positive outcome if you are diagnosed early and receive a fast response from a trained medical professional. When doctors fail to diagnose a heart condition, fail to notice a heart attack in time, or act quickly in response, the results can be devastating. You face the risk of disability and, in some cases, losing your life.
It’s vital that medical professionals assess whether patients are at high risk of a heart attack before prescribing any treatment, especially when discussing symptoms. Patients are at greater risk if they have heart disease, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or other health problems. Doctors should give advice on how to lower the risk of a heart attack, and vigilantly monitor for any symptoms, especially if a patient reports shortness of breath or any other early signs.
If doctors fail to treat a heart condition, miss the symptoms of a heart attack that could otherwise have been prevented, or fail to account for a higher risk of heart attacks in a particular patient and provide treatment, this might be considered medical negligence. If this led to a worse outcome for you, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injury.
Switalskis' medical negligence solicitors are experts in heart attack negligence compensation claims and can support you throughout this process. We understand the fear that a heart attack brings and the difficulty of dealing with the long-term consequences. We’re ready to provide whatever support we can to secure compensation for the medical negligence you endured.
This isn’t just about money - it’s about pursuing justice and preventing other people from having to face similar situations in the future.
Heart attack compensation claims require specialised knowledge, given the medical complexities involved. Our team of dedicated solicitors has extensive experience in dealing with heart attack cases to make sure that you have the best possible representation.
Our approach involves a thorough review of medical records, consultations with cardiology experts, and gathering of all necessary evidence to build a robust case for you. We aim to prove that the negligence you experienced directly led to your heart attack or worsened its outcome.
We understand that every case is unique, and so are the emotional and physical challenges you're facing. That's why we tailor our services to meet your specific needs. From the moment you contact us, we focus on understanding your individual situation, offering personalised advice and solutions.
We know that pursuing a heart attack compensation claim is an emotionally charged process. Our team is here to provide support - we listen, we understand, and we stand by you every step of the way.
Heart attack compensation amounts vary according to a range of factors. These include the severity and long-term effects of the injury, the level of responsibility medical professionals have for the incident, and any financial losses related to your medical condition.
Medical negligence compensation awards are divided into two amounts. The first is general damages, and these account for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your heart attack. If you were left unable to work or enjoy certain activities, or with a permanent disability, we’ll also take this into account when calculating what you're owed in general damages.
The other type of compensation is special damages, which compensates injured parties for any money they lost due to the incident. This may include:
When we gather evidence and begin building your case, we will ask for receipts related to any such expenses. This can help us to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you’re owed in terms of both general and special damages.
The process of making a medical negligence claim is affected by many factors, including the defendant's response to your claim and whether or not they admit liability. This makes it difficult to estimate how long it will take for the claim to reach a successful conclusion. However, the claims process generally unfolds the same way in each case.
There may be obstacles on the way towards your final compensation settlement, but the Switalskis' team will always remain resolute until you receive the justice you deserve.
Understanding the time constraints for heart attack compensation claims is vital to make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to seek justice and compensation. Generally, you have three years from the date of the negligence, or from the date you became aware of the negligence, to start a heart attack compensation claim. This is known as the limitation period.
There are a few exceptions to this:
In some rare cases, the courts may decide to extend the limitation period. However, relying on this is risky, as this is only ever done at the discretion of the courts.
Starting the process sooner rather than later means all evidence is fresh and readily available, and means you won't run the risk of missing a deadline. If you're uncertain about whether you're within the time limit or if you believe you have exceptional circumstances, speak to the medical negligence team at Switalskis for guidance.
Navigating the financial aspects of a heart attack compensation claim can be daunting, but Switalskis aims to make sure the process is transparent and accessible so that nobody is ever put off seeking justice due to the costs.
Here's a breakdown of the funding options available:
Our team is here to guide you through your funding options and help you pick an option that suits your needs and circumstances.
Heart attacks are medically known as myocardial infarctions. Given that they are potentially life-threatening and that fast action can significantly improve outcomes, doctors should always be alert to the common symptoms - especially in high-risk patients. These include:
If you reported these symptoms and your doctor failed to act or didn’t notice that you were having a heart attack even though the signs were there, this may be medical negligence that would entitle you to compensation.
If you experienced a heart attack because of negligent treatment by a medical professional, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Switalskis has vast experience with heart attacks and we'll take the time to understand what happened to you, and how it's affected your life. In this way, we can make sure we're always doing as much as we can to help you achieve justice.
To learn how much you could be owed and get the process started, call Switalskis today on 0800 138 0458 Alternatively, contact us through the website to find out more.