Tired Doctor Medical Errors
Fatigued Physicians Put Patients At Risk. Fight Back. Contact Us
Many doctors work long hours, especially young doctors in training. Laws passed in 2009 limit the number of hours first-year resident doctors can spend on call in a hospital. Instead of working 24 hours in a row, most residents now work no more than 16 hours in a day.
Hospitals and Medical Schools reacted to the reduction in the number of hours a resident could work by increasing the number of patients each resident cared for. The result has been mentally fatigued residents delivering substandard care and increased medical mistakes.
The number of medical errors caused by tired doctors remains high. In fact, even more, tired doctors seem to be making mistakes on the job since 2009, according to a study done in 2011. Some of the most common mistakes made by fatigued doctors include:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of medical problems
- Performing the wrong operation
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Treating the wrong patient
- Patient neglect
When tired doctors treat patients and make mistakes, the consequences can be catastrophic. Instead of leaving a hospital sooner and healthier, many patients must stay longer to be treated for the reason they came there in the first place. In addition, they may need treatment for other medical complications caused by a tired doctor. And in some cases, patients die due to these medical errors, resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Doctor fatigue is a serious problem. Take serious action in Tennessee
Don’t let doctors get away with making medical errors just because they’re tired. Your health matters more. Hold tired doctors accountable. Contact the Meade Injury Law Group. Serving people throughout Tennessee, the Meade Injury Law Group has a strong track record for obtaining large, sometimes multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for clients.
Medical malpractice cases involving tired Tennessee doctors can be extremely complicated. When doctors and surgeons make mistakes, many refuse to admit they did anything wrong. Insurance companies for hospitals and health care providers also routinely hire entire teams of lawyers to defend the actions of tired doctors or the negligent hospitals. These lawyers and the insurance companies that represent doctors and hospitals often work hard to make sure patients injured by doctors receive as little money as possible. That’s not right. That’s why the Meade Injury Law Group works so hard. Discover what we can do for you. Call (423) 464-7779, and schedule a free case evaluation today.
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