Cardiomyopathy refers to various forms of enlargement and corresponding weakening of the myocardium, or muscle tissue of the heart. It's essentially a progressive or degenerative condition that might not show symptoms until its later stages. It can be caused by infection, alcoholism, pregnancy, genetic characteristics or other causes. No matter the cause, it's a treatable condition that can cause death if undiagnosed or ignored.
If an apparently healthy person in your family, such as a young mother or high school athlete, suddenly died of a heart attack, the cause of death might well be noted as idiopathic cardiomyopathy — dangerous enlargement and weakness of the heart from unknown causes. To find out whether medical negligence might have played a role in your loved one's death, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Richards & Richards in Pittsburgh. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers handle cases of misdiagnosis across Pennsylvania.
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In cases of idiopathic cardiomyopathy, the legal and evidentiary questions generally concern what a primary care physician should have done to find or follow up symptoms. In some cases, an ordinary physical examination report will tell us whether danger signs were negligently ignored. In other cases, we'll need to know why evidence of an enlarged heart was not taken seriously by a treating physician, family practitioner, or radiologist.
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If you need advice about your legal options in the aftermath of a death due to idiopathic cardiomyopathy, we can help you. Contact Richards & Richards in Pittsburgh for a free consultation at 866-740-3999 or 412-253-2092.