Unnecessary Implantation of Cardiac Pacemaker Medical Malpractice Attorneys Indiana
Unnecessary medical procedures and surgeries place patients at risk. Unnecessary surgery can cause serious personal injury including death. It can also cost patients and insurance providers billions of dollars every year in claims that were not medically necessary. Patients trust physicians, surgeons, and healthcare providers to correctly diagnose conditions and diseases and discuss treatment options including potential risks of these options. When medical providers fail to properly diagnose and treat patients, the result can be devastating.
Cardiac pacemaker diagnosis
Cardiac pacemakers are prescribed by doctors for patients diagnosed with arrythmia or irregular heartbeat. One test a doctor may administer to determine whether a pacemaker is necessary is an electrocardiogram (EKG). This test records the strength and timing of the electrical signals that pass through a patient’s heart. In some cases, a patient may wear a portable EKG to monitor the electrical activity over a longer period. A doctor may also order other tests to ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
A pacemaker monitors and controls a person’s heartbeat via electrical pulses sent through wire leads to the heart. When the pacemaker detects an abnormal heartbeat, it will automatically administer the shock. Some devices can monitor breathing, blood temperature, and the heart’s electrical activity. A pacemaker can be a life-saving device when deemed medically necessary. A doctor should be properly trained to determine the medical necessity of a pacemaker as well as be properly trained to perform the implantation of a pacemaker. When a cardiac pacemaker is unnecessarily implanted in a patient the result can have a serious impact on the quality of the patient’s life and can even lead to death.
Unnecessary implantation of cardiac pacemaker claims
An investigation revealed that a cardiology group implanted hundreds of unnecessary single and dual chamber pacemakers and misinformed patients that the pacemakers were indicated. The cardiologists would manufacture or misstate symptoms or indications to justify the implantation of devices which were not needed. The cardiologists ignored nationally accepted guidelines from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology on when these devices were appropriate to implant.
Unnecessary cardiac pacemaker medical malpractice claim
If you or someone you know received an unnecessary cardiac pacemaker, contact us. Our attorneys have experience litigating claims across the state of Indiana against cardiologists, physicians, and hospitals in medical malpractice claims. We can provide you with a free case evaluation and discuss your legal rights and options. Our attorneys handle these cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you win your claim. Our fees will be paid when your case is settled.