Speak to a Kentucky Medical Malpractice Attorney About Your Heart Surgery Error Today
Your heart is a truly vital organ – and your health depends on its health. When you have a heart condition, whether mild or serious, it is imperative that your cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon treats the issue with the thoroughness, thought, and care expected of any medical professional. Unfortunately, all too often, heart patients are the victims of cardiology malpractice, from getting a wrong diagnosis after a heart attack to suffering a catastrophic injury during heart surgery.
If you have suffered at the hands of a cardiologist or heart surgeon, you may be justified in filing a Kentucky medical malpractice claim against the at-fault parties. To learn more about your potential case, call the Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, today to request a free, confidential consultation with a Louisville medical malpractice attorney: (800) 991-0474.
What Are Cardiologists? What Is Cardiothoracic Surgery?
Doctors who treat, prevent, and diagnose heart disorders are called cardiologists. Surgeons who perform heart surgery, as well as the other organs in the chest, are called cardiothoracic surgeons. Cardiologists sometimes receive special training so they can perform minimally invasive procedures, such as angioplasties. Both cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons lead very busy careers, considering more than one million cardiac events occur in the United States every year.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMON MEDICAL CONDITIONS TREATED BY CARDIOLOGISTS, INCLUDING:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat (heart palpitations)
- Heart disease (cardiovascular disease)
- Heart attack
- Chest pain, also known as angina
- Elevated levels of cholesterol
- Blocked coronary arteries, treated by stent placement or angioplasties
THE MOST COMMON HEART PROCEDURES PERFORMED BY CARDIOTHORACIC SURGEONS INCLUDE:
- Stent placements
- Replacement of the heart
- Bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting)
- Surgery of the lungs
- Replacement of the aortic valve
- Surgery to repair the aortic dissections
- Replacement of the mitral valve
Cardiologists and heart surgeons have a responsibility under the law to treat their patients with thought, care, and expertise. If they are negligent, or if they act in an unreasonable way, they could be responsible for the injury that they cause during an examination, treatment, or procedure.
Possible Risks and Complications of Heart Procedures
The heart oxygenates blood, and then circulates it throughout the body. If anything goes wrong during a heart procedure, the consequences can be extremely serious. A mistake from a cardiologist or cardiothoracic surgeon can cause permanent injuries that can affect a patient and his or her family for the rest of their lives. If the heart is damaged beyond repair, heart surgery could lead to death, either during the operation or in the days and weeks following the procedure.
Common errors during heart procedures include:
- Diagnostic errors, such as missed heart attack diagnosis or wrong diagnosis.
- Angioplasty errors, such as over-inflation of the surgical balloon, or the release of plaque into the arteries.
- Stent errors, including defective stents.
- Pacemaker insertion errors.
- Improper ablation.
Anesthesia errors, such as wrong dosage errors, intubation errors, or monitoring errors.
- Wrong incision or surgery errors.
- Leaving foreign objects in the body cavity.
- Not responding properly to complications during surgery.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMON INJURIES RESULTING FROM CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERIES OR CARDIOLOGY PROCEDURES INCLUDE:
Suffering heart damage or brain damage can lower your quality of life, or even significantly shorten your lifespan. In addition, it can affect every facet of your life, from your career to your relationships. If you have been injured by a heart doctor or during a heart procedure, you may be owed compensation for your precious losses – from your medical bills to your pain and suffering.
Heart Surgery Errors and Wrongful Death
More than other surgery errors, heart surgery errors can be fatal, either during the operation or in the days and months afterwards. If you have lost a loved one due to a heart surgery error, you have a right to seek justice for your loved one and your family. While not all fatal heart surgeries are the result of negligence, it is vital to find out why your loved one died, and whether you deserve compensation.
Your Experienced Louisville, Kentucky Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery Malpractice Attorney
Seth Gladstein, a Kentucky personal injury lawyer, has extensive experience handling malpractice cases involving mistakes and errors by heart doctors and surgeons – on both sides of the courtroom. If you or a loved one is the victim of these serious types of malpractice, we welcome you to contact our legal team and request a complimentary, confidential consultation.
To make an appointment, or simply to ask a question about your case, please call us today at (502) 855-4177, or toll-free at (800) 991-0474. In addition, you may fill out our the quick contact form. Talk to us today and find out your best options for legal help.