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Serious injury and, in some cases, death can arise out of the negligent treatment of cardiac disease.

Penningtons Manches has advised in relation to the failure to recognise and treat the signs and symptoms associated with heart attacks (myocardial infarctions or MIs), angina, hypertension and other cardiac diseases.

A patient's symptoms are sometimes dismissed as being benign or minor without proper referral for further investigation or tests, such as by ECG (electrocardiogram). Sometimes the investigations are not properly carried out or test results are not properly interpreted and sometimes injuries can arise during or after cardiac surgery with potentially serious consequences.

We have dealt with a number of cases involving out-of-hours GPs and paramedics who have wrongly diagnosed patients who are in the early stages of a heart attack with indigestion or similar.

Penningtons Manches' experienced team can advise in relation to a wide range of claims.

Recent work highlights

Failure to recognise acute myocardial infarction

Successfully pursuing a claim for a widower whose wife tragically died following her GP’s failure to recognise the symptoms of unstable angina or acute myocardial infarction (MI) and sending her home with a diagnosis of gastritis


Brain damage following a heart attack

Winning a claim for a client whose GP failed to diagnose his chest pains as a heart attack. He subsequently collapsed in the street and the delay in his resuscitation led to brain damage.


Delay in identifying internal bleeding

Pursuing a claim for our client who was left with severe permanent brain damage and significant cognitive and behavioural defects. These were caused by a delay in identifying internal bleeding following heart surgery.

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