Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Strokes and Heart Attacks

Can You File a Negligence Claim Against a Doctor or Medical Facility?

Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Strokes and Heart AttacksEvery year, nearly three-quarters of a million Americans have some type of heart attack. A similar number of people across the country suffer a stroke. When you or a loved suffers serious injury, or a family member dies, as the result of cardiovascular trauma while being treated for a heart attack, can you bring legal action to cover your losses? Maybe.

Negligence-Based Personal Injury Claims

Most personal injury claims are based on the legal principle of negligence. Accordingly, if you can show that someone was negligent and that their negligence caused an accident or injury, you may be able to recover damages.

To successfully prove negligence in court, you must show three things:

  • That the defendant (person from whom you seek compensation) did not meet the standard of care expected under the circumstances;
  • That the breach of the standard of care caused an event; and
  • That, as a result of that event, you suffered actual losses.

In most personal injury claims, the standard of care is that of a reasonable person, commonly considered an “ordinary person of average prudence.” However, medical professionals are held to a higher standard of care. A doctor must exercise the level and type of care that a reasonably competent and skilled medical professional, with similar background and experience, would have exercised under the same circumstances in the same medical community.

With respect to a heart attack or stroke, a medical professional may be potentially liable if:

  • The patient exhibited classic symptoms of cardiovascular problems, such as difficulty breathing, chest pains, or weakness in the limbs, and the doctor failed to check the patient’s blood pressure or conduct other routine tests; or
  • The medical professional knew the patient had elevated blood pressure or other cardiovascular risks and failed to prescribe appropriate medications or failed to order appropriate tests.

Proven Baltimore Medical Malpractice Attorney

Maryland SuperLawyer Jonathan Scott Smith offers over 30 years of experience to personal injury victims throughout the Baltimore metro area and throughout the state of Maryland. Highly respected by his colleagues in the legal profession, attorney Smith has long been AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Named a Top-Rated Lawyer by American Lawyer magazine, he has also earned high marks from his clients, garnering the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He has also received a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Experienced Maryland Medical Negligence Lawyer

If you suffer a stroke or heart attack through the misdiagnosis or carelessness of a medical professional, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Send us an email or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.


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