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A missed or delayed diagnosis of a heart attack can lead to serious complications, and even death. If you or a loved one has suffered adverse health consequences due to a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our skilled Rochester medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience in this area of law and can help you understand your rights. Time is of the essence in these cases, so it is vital to contact an attorney as soon as you suspect malpractice.A heart attack takes place when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle itself is severely reduced or stopped. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an individual dies from a heart attack every 40 seconds in the United States. Approximately 20 percent of cardiac incidents are categorized as “silent,” meaning the victim does not even know the heart attack took place, although the body is dealing with the detrimental effects. In addition, about 1.5 million heart attacks take place in the country each year, and studies show that about 11,000 cases are not diagnosed properly, resulting in unnecessary deaths.

Doctors and other medical professionals are trained to recognize the signs of a heart attack. A failure to diagnose a heart attack often involves a failure to properly identify the symptoms or a failure to order tests when those symptoms are present. Many people who experience chest pain or other classic indicators of a heart attack often seek help in the nearest emergency room. Emergency rooms see a high volume of patients in stressful environments, which can often lead to errors, especially when patients are exhibiting atypical symptoms of a heart attack. A delayed or missed diagnosis of a heart attack can lead to serious brain damage, severe physical impairments, and even death.

If a medical professional failed to diagnose a heart attack, the victim can potentially file a medical malpractice claim against the at-fault party. Medical malpractice takes place when there is an act or omission by a physician during the treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community, thereby causing an injury to the patient. In order to establish malpractice, the plaintiff is required to demonstrate the following elements:  i) the medical professional owed the patient a duty of care; ii) the medical professional breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff by failing to diagnose a heart attack; and iii) the medical professional’s breach was a direct cause of the patient’s harm.

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Diagnosing HIV is in its early stages is critical to ensure the disease does not progress. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a missed or delayed HIV diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to holding medical professionals accountable for their negligent conduct.

Last month, a federal jury in Boston awarded $18.4 million in damages to a man who claimed that two of his former doctors did not test him for HIV, despite risk factors that made him more vulnerable to contracting the disease. S.S., age 48, argued that being gay and previously working as a paramedic made him particularly vulnerable to the disease.

Despite S.S.’s explicit consent to an HIV test in 2007, his treating physicians failed to perform one. Approximately three years later, another physician ordered the test and the results came back positive. By that time, the man’s disease had progressed to AIDs, resulting in him suffering brain damage and ending his career prematurely.

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Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. About one in every five deaths take place due to a heart attack. Sadly, many of these deaths occur because a doctor failed to diagnose or treat the condition properly. This is especially true in emergency room settings, where it is extremely busy and medical professionals are juggling many different things at the same time. If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack due to a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our seasoned Rochester medical malpractice attorneys understand this area of law and can apply our knowledge to use in your case.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that after malpractice caps were implemented, doctors ordered fewer invasive tests to diagnose heart attacks. A research team from George Washington University highlighted how in nine states that adopted medical malpractice caps, doctors ordered 24 percent fewer angiographies as a first test than doctors in 20 states without such caps. Doctors in states that adopted a damages cap also ordered 21 percent fewer coronary angiographies as a follow up and 23 percent fewer coronary procedures, such as stenting, which some researchers believe is an overused procedure.

Doctors often report to practicing defensive medicine to reduce malpractice risk. In other words, doctors often conduct tests simply to reduce the risk of being sued, rather than because they genuinely believe those tests are necessary. The study is important because it shows that reducing malpractice risk is associated with clinical decisions involving coronary artery disease testing and treatment. While overall testing rates did not change, the kind of tests that doctors ordered did change. In sum, doctors tolerate greater clinical uncertainty in coronary artery disease testing and treatment if they face lower malpractice risks.

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If you or someone close to you has suffered harm due to malpractice relating to asthma, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Rochester medical malpractice attorneys understand how to navigate these complex cases. Whether your injury was a result of a misdiagnosis or inadequate treatment, we will make every effort to help you secure the compensation you need to deal with your harm.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 18.4 million people with asthma in the United States in 2015. This means that 7.6 percent of all adults and 8.4 percent of all children in the country had the condition. Asthma is a condition in which a person’s airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can hinder a person’s ability to breathe and trigger coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Shortness of breath can lead to life-threatening asthma attacks. You should know that asthma is a common inflammatory lung disease, and while it cannot be cured, it can be treated.

Unfortunately, asthma misdiagnosis or poor treatment often cause injuries to patients in New York and across the United States. An asthma misdiagnosis can happen in one of two ways:  diagnosing a patient with the condition when he or she does not have it, or failing to diagnose a patient with asthma when he or she does have it. The consequences of a misdiagnosis can be very serious. Patients may undergo treatment for a condition they do not have and end up going through unnecessary treatment and needlessly suffering adverse side effects. When asthma is not properly diagnosed, the patient fails to treat the symptoms, and his or her condition could get worse.

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New York medical malpractice lawsuits are subject to the same civil procedure rules as other litigation in New York courts. These rules guide all phases of the litigation and are comprised of deadlines, requests, and filings made to the court. Sometimes lawsuits are dismissed because of procedural lapses, instead of being dismissed on the merits of the malpractice claim. In one case, the New York Appellate Division, Fourth Department ruled on whether the plaintiff’s lawsuit should have been dismissed pursuant to New York Civil Practice Law and Rules, Rule 3404.

The facts of the case are as follows. A patient was admitted to a Niagara Falls hospital’s psychiatric wing. While under the psychiatrist’s care, the patient leaped from the top of the hospital’s roof and suffered serious injuries. The guardian of the patient filed a psychiatric malpractice lawsuit against the patient’s psychiatrist. The pre-trial litigation phase of discovery commenced, and the plaintiff filed a note of issue. In response, the defendant moved to vacate the note of issue because discovery was incomplete, the defendant alleged. The trial court granted the defendant’s motion and ordered additional discovery.

The plaintiff did not file a new note of issue for another year. Thus, the defendant moved to dismiss the psychiatric malpractice claim pursuant to Rule 3404. This procedural rule allows for the judicial dismissal of inactive cases under certain prescribed situations. The plaintiff opposed the motion, arguing that 3404 did not apply when the note of issue has been vacated. The court denied the defendant’s motion and noted that this very issue was subject to inconsistent rulings at the trial court level.

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