When physicians are overworked and generally fatigued, they are more likely to make mistakes on the job. These mistakes can seriously injure, even kill, their patients. If you were injured because of a healthcare professional’s error or negligence, you need the help of a seasoned Syracuse based medical malpractice attorney who can weigh the strengths and weaknesses of your claim. With a broad range of experience in New York medical malpractice law, we are devoted to protecting the rights of our clients throughout the legal process.
Physician Burnout Happening at Alarming Rates
The results for the Physicians Foundation’s national physician survey administered by Merritt Hawkins were recently released and they highlight how physician burnout is an alarming issue among doctors. In fact, physician burnout has increased over the past few years to the extent that about 77.8 percent responding physicians reported that they sometimes, often or always experience it in their medical practices. Approximately 39.2 percent of physicians in the study noted that among the least satisfying aspects of their medical practice was the Electronic Health Record design and interoperability problems they encountered. Only 28.6 percent of respondents actually attributed improved quality of care to EHRs.
Medical Malpractice Cases in Rochester
Physician burnout can significantly increase the risk of medical errors. If you were injured due to a medical professional’s error in judgment or carelessness, you can recover compensation via a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical professional to provide care for someone in accordance with the accepted standards of the medical profession. When this failure results in injury or death to a patient, the medical professional will be liable for malpractice. Consider the following example: a surgeon performs knee replacement operation on the wrong knee. In such a scenario, the patient will have gone through unnecessary surgery, will require additional surgery for the problematic knee and will suffered pain and suffering for the mistake. The idea of medical malpractice law is the patient who suffers such wrongs at the hands of a medical professional deserves to be compensated for the harm. Continue reading