Heart Attack in Medical Offices

Heart attacks are an unfortunately common medical issue, which can strike at anytime and in any place. Heart attacks are more likely to occur, however, when a person has other related medical conditions, and when an individual is stressed. Both medical conditions and high stress levels are commonly found in medical offices. For this reason medical offices are a somewhat frequent location for heart attacks to occur. A medical office should have a high standard and expectation of care, and depending on the location, may be required to have an available and functional Automated External Defibrillator (AED). If a person suffers a heart attack in a medical office, and it is deemed that they did not receive the appropriate or required emergency care, they, or their family, should consult a heart attack lawyer about possible compensation and damages.

Causes of Heart Attack in Medical Offices

A patient or a person may have a heart attack in a medical office for a number of reasons. Sometimes the patient is stressed out or has other medical conditions that lead to a heart attack. A heart attack can be caused by anything. In a medical office, someone might be undergoing a procedure that may cause their heart rate and stress level to rise. Generally speaking, medical offices can be stressful places, as the people there usually have some sort of health concern.

Expectations for Care

When a person is a patient at a medical office, there is an elevated standard of care for the people working at the medical office. The employees and doctors there are trained to handle medical emergencies. A person should have high expectations about care. Many medical offices have AEDs available to handle emergencies.

Availability of AEDs

However, not all medical offices have AEDs. In Florida for example, dental offices are required to have AEDs because dentists administer anesthesia. In Florida, certain nursing homes are required to have AEDs and hospitals are required to have AEDs, but private medical offices may not be required to have an AED. Any place that is required to have an AED is also required to ensure that it is properly maintained and functional. Therefore, the AED requirement will depend on the state and the specific regulations.

Applying the Good Samaritan Law

The Good Samaritan Act usually holds a person to the same standard of care as a non-physician or a non-doctor, even if the person is a doctor who is trying to save someone’s life. Application of the Good Samaritan Immunity law is made more complicated when a heart attack occurs in a doctor’s office. A person needs to hire a lawyer to determine what standard applies and what level of care should be applied.

Billing to a Person’s Insurance Company

Treatment immediately following a heart attack may or may not be billed to a person’s insurance company. Most of the time if someone is covered by a health insurance and something happens medically, the facility will try to bill that person’s health insurance.