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Heart Attacks & Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Oregon

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We place a lot of trust in the ability of our doctors to provide accurate information when they treat and perform procedures on us. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors in Oregon can sometimes fail to live up to their professional responsibilities. As someone who literally have the lives of their patients in their hands, the failures of a doctor can have significant consequences. Under the law, if a doctor's negligent actions caused you harm, you may be entitled to pursue legal action in our legal system.

At The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C., our Portland medical malpractice attorney exclusively handles cases of medical malpractice. With over two decades of experience interacting with the local court system, we have a practical and sophisticated understanding of the law. Our founding lawyer has obtained numerous legal accolades. Attorney Block's track record of legal advocacy has led to National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers recognition, and being selected for inclusion in the list of Oregon Super Lawyers.

What sort of errors can a doctor make?

A heart attack is a serious and severe medical emergency that can lead to numerous complications, diseases, or even death. Our medical professionals are highly trained to recognize heart attacks and take necessary measures to diagnose and treat it. If a doctor fails to live up to the standards of competence to which medical professionals are held, he or she is considered negligent.

There are a number of lapses in professional judgment by a surgeon, doctor or other physician that can either lead to a person having a heart attack, or insufficiently treat or prevent a heart attack from becoming worse. Doctors must take immediate action to stabilize a patient suffering from a heart attack. Failure to do so can have tragic and deadly consequences that could have been avoided.

For example, the following errors may cause a heart attack:

  • Prescription of medication without considering effects on a patient's heart
  • Improper analysis—or lack of analysis—of a person's test results
  • Dismissing what a person experiences as just mere chest pains

Symptoms that a doctor should recognize include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Dyspnea, or breathing difficulties
  • Angina, or chest pain or constriction
  • Soreness in a patient's jaw, shoulder, arms, or neck
  • Nausea
  • Paleness of skin
  • Weakness
  • Cold sweats
  • Fatigue

Furthermore, doctors and nurses are trained to understand causes of heart attacks, and should provide patients with the information and treatment they need to prevent such an event from occurring. Competent doctors should pay extra and specialized attention to an individual's age, gender, and heredity to determine his or her risk of a heart attack and treat them accordingly with proper medication and monitoring.

A competent medical professional will also advise their patients of factors that increase their risk of heart attack. For example, smoking and excessive body weight can heighten the risk of heart attack, and a medical professional should warn him or her against it. Additionally, high cholesterol and diabetes are common causes of heart attacks, which means that competent doctors should provide specialized, preventative treatment for these patients.

Ready to take action? So are we.

If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack due to the incompetent treatment of a medical professional, or were not provided the emergency response that you needed, you may have grounds for a negligence claim. Discuss the details of your case with our team in a complimentary case evaluation to determine your legal options. If you lost a loved one due to a heart attack caused by malpractice, not only will we fight for your compensation, but we will also seek change to the policies of the responsible hospital or doctor so as to prevent another tragedy from ever occurring again.

Over the years, we have handled countless cases and been able to successfully recover millions for our clients in Oregon. We are always willing to take a case to trial if we cannot achieve a favorable outcome. Additionally, we work on contingency fees, which means you will not pay if we cannot make a recovery. You can trust our medical malpractice lawyer to fight aggressively for your case and recover the damages you deserve.

Contact our team to begin your pursuit of justice today!