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Man dies from heart attack in emergency room lobby

People in New York are aware of the symptoms of a heart attack. They also know how serious a heart attack can be. When left untreated, it can cause major complications and even death.

When people go to the emergency room with symptoms consistent with a heart attack, they expect that they will get the appropriate care and treatment. Sadly, that is not always the case.

A 38-year-old man in another state went to the emergency room after he began suffering chest pains. After being examined, the man was told he could go home and to consult with his cardiologist. Hospital staff told the man this despite the fact that he had a history of heart-related issues.

The man went to the lobby to wait for a ride home. Sadly, he never made it there. Hospital staff found him hours later. It was determined that he suffered a heart attack and died in the lobby.

The man's family members have filed a lawsuit against the hospital for their failure to diagnose his grave condition. His family believes he should not have been sent home, especially considering his history of cardiac problems.

Dealing with serious health conditions can be frightening. However, people are often comforted by the fact that qualified doctors and nurses are caring for them. Unfortunately, for this man, emergency room staff did not provide the man with the appropriate diagnosis, treatment or care.

When medical professionals are negligent, they should be held responsible. A medical malpractice lawsuit will not change the past. However, the compensation that is awarded can be used to cover medical costs. It may also provide victims and their family members with some sense of justice.

Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia, "Family Sues Hospital After Man Dies in ER Lobby," David Chang, Sept. 21, 2012

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