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Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack and Stroke in Georgia

Macon Medical Misdiagnosis Attorney

A Lawyer Providing Legal Help Following Doctors' Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack and Stroke

Heart attacks and strokes are among the most common causes of death and disability yet, too often, health care providers fail to take note of and respond appropriately to symptoms such as:

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • weakness in an arm or leg

  • Inability to speak or slurred speech

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest discomfort, radiating pain to the arm or jaw and abnormal vital signs. A common scenario looks like this. A suffering individual goes in to an emergency room, complaining of a headache and dizziness. The established "gold standard" response time for stroke symptoms is three to four hours of the first symptom of a stroke. The brain sparing drug can only work if the diagnosis is made within this time frame.

A CT scan is to be completed within 25 minutes of the doctor's order to obtain one. Time is crucial and minutes can mean the difference between a quality life and a nursing home for life. Yet, doctors and nurses take their time, and hours go by. By the time doctors and triage nurses have provided treatment, debilitating brain damage and even death may have occurred. The same critical timing element applies to heart attacks. Diagnosis and treatment must take place sooner rather than later to prevent disability and death.

If you feel that you or a loved one is a victim of failure to diagnose a heart attack or stroke, contact attorney Tracey L. Dellacona, R.N., M.B.A. of Dellacona Law Firm. Attorney Dellacona can expertly assess medical malpractice and emergency room errors because, in addition to be a personal injury lawyer with 17 years of experience, she is a licensed critical care nurse.

A common tactic of health care providers is to claim that heart attack and stroke symptoms began remotely and that negligence did not therefore occur.

We can review patient complaints, documentation, video footage, witness statements as well as comments made to co-workers and establish a timeline to prove that the lack of timely care and medicine led to preventable debilitation or wrongful death. For more information and to schedule a no-charge consultation with an experienced Georgia attorney, please contact us at 478-477-9000 or by email by CLICKING HERE.


Tracey L. Dellacona, Esq
R.N., M.B.A




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