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    If you, or someone close to you, has suffered an injury as a result of a failure to spot and treat the signs of a heart attack, the consequences can be devastating. However, you may have a claim for compensation, and if so we can help. We have considerable expertise in this area, and can help you to manage the significant personal and financial damage and trauma this can cause.

    When might I have a claim for negligent treatment of a heart attack?

    There are a number of ways in which a delay or failure in treatment could lead to a medical negligence claim:

    • A significant proportion of heart attack victims will need an ambulance. If a heart attack is suspected, then the call will usually be given top priority, and help should arrive within 20 minutes. Failure to arrive and treat the patient promptly is potentially negligent.
    • Once in hospital, blood tests to detect raised troponin levels, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) should be performed.
    • If troponin levels are raised and/or if the ECG results are abnormal, it may be appropriate to admit the patient for further diagnostic tests and monitoring. These tests include ultrasound studies and possibly an angiographic procedure (this can be curative as well as diagnostic).

    Treatment of a heart attack may have been negligent if one or more of these steps was missed, or if the patient was discharged when they should have been monitored.

    Frequently, patients whose cardiac care has been mismanaged will die. For this reason, it is very common for cases to be brought by the patient’s children or spouse.

    How much compensation might I receive for a claim?

    The amount of compensation you receive for a claim relating to a heart attack will depend entirely on your personal circumstances, including whether you are claiming on behalf of yourself or a someone close to you who has died. Everyone is different, and so each case will require a different level of compensation.

    You can find out more about compensation calculations in medical negligence claims here.

    How can I fund a claim for negligence?

    Our team can work under a variety of funding arrangements, however the most common is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA); most commonly referred to as ‘no win, no fee’ funding. This form of funding ensures that if your case is unsuccessful you will not have to pay any legal fees.

    Find out more about funding a medical negligence claim here.

    How long will a claim take?

    We work hard to ensure that claims run as efficiently as possible, running cases in such a way as to reduce any unnecessary delays to your claim.

    Cases involving undiagnosed heart attacks are likely to be very hard fought at present. It would be prudent to assume that the case could take two or three years to reach a conclusion. However, it is vital that your case is investigated properly in order to achieve the right result.

    Find out more about timescales when making a medical negligence claim here.

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