Cardiology is the branch of medicine concerned with disorders of the heart.
The field includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.
Physicians who specialize in this field of medicine are called cardiologists. Physicians who specialise in cardiac surgery are called cardiothoracic surgeons or cardiac surgeons, a specialty of general surgery.
Over recent years cardiology has become an area of medicine where an increasing number of compensation claims have been as a result of negligent treatment.
Errors in medical treatment can arise as a result of surgical procedures resulting in permanent and serious health problems. In addition, frequently mistakes are made where there is a failure to diagnose and treat appropriately or at all someone with a serious heart condition. The results can be devastating leading to heart attacks, severe and disabling heart damage or even death. Timely diagnosis and treatment is paramount.
Types of treatment
In Cardiology we regularly see clients affected by negligent treatment in a wide range of areas, including circumstances where there has been a failure:
To conduct all appropriate diagnostic tests when a patient presents with chest pain
To diagnose angina on presentation
To warn a patient of the dangers of cardiac catheterisation
To diagnose a heart murmur
To diagnose a heart problem following an ECG (electrical tracing of the heart
Medical care and rehabilitation
We have vast experience of working with rehabilitation units throughout the country, both in the NHS and in the private sector, to ensure the continuity of your care.
It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is also to help rebuild your life and we can do this by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible to assist you with your:
Aids and equipment
Long-term support and care
Injuries can be very serious and if surgical errors occur or a misdiagnosis takes place, this can result in complications requiring long term care. Some people who suffer as a result of medical negligence will require some support for the rest of their lives.
We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
When should I contact a solicitor?
You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.
Can I claim compensation?
Surgical errors and misdiagnosis by healthcare professionals can arise in a number of situations however if the error or misdiagnosis has resulted in further pain or extra treatment being required then you may have a claim for compensation.
We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where you have suffered as a result of the negligence of your healthcare professional.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.