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Transfer of Heart Attack Victims to Heart Hospital Often Delayed

Posted on Jul 08, 2011

In a report from the New York Times, researchers at Duke University found that the transfer time of heart attack victims from general hospitals to heart hospitals is often delayed. A heart attack could result in permanent disability, or even death, which may enable you to file for Social Security disability benefits. A Bronx, NY disability lawyer will help determine if you qualify.

Current medical guidelines indicate that patients who are treated at a hospital and require further care from another hospital that specializes in heart treatment should be transferred within 30 minutes. 

Yet researchers from Duke University found that 56% of patients were not transferred until at least an hour later and 35% were not transferred until at least an hour and a half later.

The increased rate of death for patients who are not transferred within 30 minutes was almost 6%, in comparison to 2.7% fatalities for those who were transferred in less than 30 minutes. Waiting too long for a hospital transfer can result in the critical loss of time. 

If you have suffered a heart attack or any other severe medical condition that has left you disabled, then you should speak with a Bronx Social Security disability lawyer. A lawyer can evaluate your case to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for disability benefits.

Contacting a Bronx, NY Social Security Disability Lawyer 

Before you file your Social Security disability claim, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. ​for help in building your disability claim -- 718-701-2776.

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