A heart attack usually occurs when the heart muscle’s blood supply is blocked, for example by a blood clot. This could cause the heart to stop beating. Look out for the following signs that somebody is having a heart attack:
- Crushing or vice like central chest pain
- Ashen skin or blue lips
- Pain which spreads to the arms, neck and jaw
- Rapid and weak pulse
- Sweating, with skin that is cold to the touch
You should always call 999 straight away and let them know you suspect the patient is having a heart attack. When treating a heart attack, sit the patient in the ‘W’ position, sitting at about 75 degrees to the ground with their knees bent. If you have any aspirin available, and if the casualty is not allergic to aspirin, give them a 300mg tablet to chew slowly. If they have angina medication available, help them to take it. You should always monitor their breathing and pulse until the ambulance arrives.
If you have suffered a heart attack and nobody has come to your aid, or a first-aider treating a heart attack has provided you with the wrong type of treatment – for example, if they have given you aspirin when you are allergic and you have had a reaction – you may be able to claim compensation for negligence.
Have you been injured by a negligent first-aider?
If you suffer a heart attack at work or in a public place such as a shop, where there should be somebody trained in first aid on hand to help you, you are relying on them to look after you until emergency services arrive. If they fail to call an ambulance, give you aspirin when you are allergic or fail to take care of you until the ambulance comes, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. You’ll need to prove that negligence occurred, and a personal injury lawyer can help you to clarify the situation and what actually happened.
Claiming compensation after a heart attack
The last thing you need is more stress, so we’re here to make the whole claims process as simple as possible. You can call our freephone helpline day or night – we’re open 24/7. There’s no obligation to proceed with a claim either; you can simply call for advice from our expert team. After all, we’ve been in the personal injury industry since 2000, so we really know our stuff. Because we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, you know you can trust us to provide you with the very best service. Why not call us today to see how we can help you claim the compensation you deserve?
Date Published: September 24, 2014
Author: David Brown