Americans are getting older. As more baby boomers are reaching retirement age, more are suffering from medical problems that need treatment by competent Louisiana doctors and nurses. People rely on these medical professionals to assess and treat any underlying medical conditions before a medical disaster occurs. Routine treatment and care can help to reduce the chances of a significant medical problem occurring.

However, not every doctor fulfills that doctor’s duty to carefully take care of patients. Therefore, people suffer serious injuries. Recently, a Louisiana man and his wife have brought a medical malpractice suit against the man’s doctor.

In 2009, the man sought medical treatment for numbness in his hands and angina. The doctor recommended some tests including a heart catheterization and angiogram. The doctor explained that if necessary stents would be inserted during these procedures to help with any blockage. The man underwent these procedures on Nov. 6, however, no stents were placed at that time.

On Nov. 25, the man suffered a heart attack. During his visit to the emergency room, a stent was inserted into his heart to help control the damage. However, the heart attack left the man’s heart with severe damage and doctor’s informed him that he was disabled as a result.

The man and his wife are seeking damaged from the original doctor. They claim that if that doctor had inserted stents into the man’s heart during the initial procedures that the subsequent heart attack would not have left him permanently disabled. Furthermore, they claim that the doctor should have referred them to a vascular surgeon for treatment of the man’s cardiovascular disease.

This case shows how dangerous it can be for patients when doctors fail to do their job correctly. Patients who have been injured as a result of negligent doctors, nurses or other hospital staff should make sure they understand their rights to compensation.

Source: The Louisiana Record, “Medical malpractice claim filed by man who suffered heart attack,” Kyle Barnett, Feb. 6, 2014