Orlando Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Victims of Failure to Properly Monitor Patients after Treatment
We often think little about what happens after we receive medical care in the hospital. In fact, most of us just want to get out of the hospital and get home to our families. Before, during and after treatment of any type, however, it is the responsibility of your medical team to monitor your condition to ensure your safety. Lack of proper patient monitoring can also occur in an outpatient setting if your doctor’s office does not order the proper tests, follow up after receiving test results, or make necessary referrals to specialists where this is appropriate.
Unfortunately, medical facilities often lack the proper staffing and, depending upon the situation, patients could pay a high price for their deficiencies. Moms who are not getting the proper monitoring during labor and delivery could give birth to a child suffering a birth injury. A patient who has recently had a surgical procedure could develop early signs of infection due to a surgeon leaving a sponge in their body. A patient in the ER could have a heart attack or stroke.
If you or a family member has been injured because of not being properly monitored, you could be the victim of medical malpractice and entitled to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost income, pain, and suffering. It is, however, vital that you seek professional legal assistance as soon as possible.
An experienced Orlando medical malpractice attorney from Bailey Fisher can advise you on your legal options. You may be able to hold the responsible parties accountable for negligence and obtain the full compensation you deserve. At Bailey Fisher, we focus exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death cases, including medical malpractice. Because of our concentration in this area, we have extensive experience, knowledge, and skills in seeking and attaining justice for those wronged by the negligence of others.
Importance of Proper Monitoring in Hospitals and Other Health Care Facilities
Every patient has the right to expect their medical team will act in a responsible manner and give them the proper level of care. Unfortunately, as any medical malpractice attorney will tell you, this is not always the case. In some cases, patients recover without incidence. Sadly, in others, patients suffer an adverse outcome because of a failure to monitor their status.
Patient monitoring may occur at any time as a precaution because of specific health concerns, because a patient is in the hospital due to an illness or pending surgery, or because of recent changes in medication by their medical team. Monitoring is defined in several ways and may include:
- Surgical monitoring — generally patients are monitored before, during, and after surgery. Vital sign monitoring can help avoid adverse effects caused by anesthesia errors, catch early signs of infection, and help with post-operative management.
- Labor and delivery — women are generally monitored once they have been admitted to the hospital with labor pains. In addition, fetal monitors are used to make sure the infant is not in any distress which can help minimize birth injuries.
- Specialized medical treatments — it is common when a patient is undergoing a new medical treatment that they are monitored for side effects. In some cases, this may occur while they are in the hospital, or it may occur when a doctor fails to identify dangerous side effects that may occur with medications or fails to recognize risks associated with a course of medical treatment, given your other medical conditions.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you suffer an adverse outcome because you weren’t properly monitored while in a health care facility or following medical treatment, you have rights. Whether you have a newborn who suffered a birth injury, you suffered a health emergency because of a misdiagnosis, or you were prescribed the wrong medication because a physician failed to properly review your records, you should seek guidance from experienced Orlando medical malpractice attorneys.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain, and suffering, so please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 407-628-2929 or by submitting our online form.
Failure to properly monitor patients is a serious breach of duty that should be pursued so future patients are not harmed as a result of the same inaction. The medical malpractice attorneys at Bailey Fisher want to help you hold your health care providers responsible for their failure to exercise a proper duty of care and help you obtain the full compensation you deserve.