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Exhausted Doctors Contribute to Medical Mistakes


Doctors are human and humans make mistakes. There are a variety of reasons why physicians make errors, but when a medical mistake leads to harm, there are paths to justice. After all, it is the duty of doctors and other healthcare providers to provide an appropriate standard of care.

If you or someone you care about was a victim of a medical error, talk to a Miami medical malpractice lawyer about the possibility of suing the hospitals, nurses, or doctors who caused you harm.

Medical Teams May Experience Burnout and Exhaustion

For many working in healthcare, they are committed to providing exceptional care to their patients. After all, the choice to become a doctor means they want to help people. But they are human and there are times when doctors make mistakes because they are tired, under the influence of drugs, or not trained properly.

Some common errors doctors make when they are exhausted include the following:

  • Making a judgement error
  • Moving forward with a wrong diagnosis
  • Performing a technical error during a medical procedure
  • Administering the wrong drug or an improper drug dosage

One study reports doctors who are experiencing burnout make medical mistakes twice as often as other physicians.

There can be a shortage of medical professionals available in some situations, which can lead to an increase in hours and workloads for healthcare providers. Plus, on an individual level, doctors may be under personal financial strain and push themselves to work when they are in dire need of a day off. This could be because they are dependent on a specific income level, they have a lot of student loans to juggle, or a combination of both.

Of course, in order to secure a medical malpractice claim it needs to be proven that the harm was a direct result of negligence. If you have a pre-existing condition that could be prompting the injury, that could make a claim more complex, for example. A medical expert can assess your situation.

Some Rely on Medical Malpractice Insurance

While doctors do not want to make errors, medical professionals are typically carrying professional liability insurance to cover expenses should a lawsuit arise. Commonly referred to as medical malpractice insurance, these policies can be costly for the physician but they also give them peace of mind in that they could protect their practice and personal assets should a dispute arise.

If there is harm because of a medical error, victims have a right to pursue compensation for economic damages, income loss, and pain and suffering. The process can be difficult for injured individuals who are already coping with ill health, physical pain, and financial stress. An experienced Miami medical malpractice lawyer can help, seeing your claim through from start to finish.

Were you injured because a doctor was inadequately trained or exhausted? You need to talk to a medical malpractice lawyer you can trust as soon as possible. Our lawyers provide no-cost, confidential assessments and we help you understand your rights. Compensation for Miami a medical injury is possible. Contact Spencer Morgan Law at 305-423-3800 to schedule your free consultation.

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