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Transfer of Heart Attack Victims to Heart Hospital Often Delayed

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

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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