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Failure to Monitor a Patient's Condition and Medical Malpractice

Doctors have a responsibility to monitor their patients, as part of performing their duties at a reasonable standard of care. This includes keeping track of a patient's condition and progress and responding to any potential trouble signs. When physicians fail in this duty, it can cause serious injuries or even death for the patient.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. In its 2015 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis, Diederich Healthcare reports that insurance companies paid out $3,891,743,050 in medical malpractice claims in 2014. Preventable medical errors happen every day, and many are the direct or indirect result of a failure to correctly monitor patient progress.

If you have suffered injuries because of inadequate medical monitoring, the best thing to do is to speak with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. we offer a free case consultation, with no obligation. Our Seattle medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine if you may be eligible to pursue compensation for damages as a result of malpractice on the part of your healthcare providers.

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Common Situations Involving Failure to Monitor

Unfortunately, physician failure to monitor patients is not an uncommon occurrence. Doctors fail in this duty in a number of situations, including failure to:

  • Follow up and review results after ordering laboratory tests, (CBS, PT/INR, PTT, troponin, tPA, etc);
  • Fully monitor vital statistics;
  • Fully review medical charts, ensuring that the necessary tests have been conducted and the patient is being given the right medication;
  • Monitor the expectant mother's condition to detect the signs of preeclampsia, placental abruption, and other serious conditions during pregnancy (Fetal Heart Rate, Prenatal Ultrasound);
  • Monitor both the mother and child during the entire process of labor and delivery and respond with emergency measures as needed (consideration of ceasarean section, C-section);
  • Adequately monitor the patient during surgery, including anesthesia, oxygen levels, and the general health of the patient, including oxygen saturation (O2 SAT);
  • Monitor the patient during recovery, checking for blood clots, internal bleeding, infection, and heart or respiratory issues;
  • Constantly monitor a patient receiving any type of treatment to ensure that no unexpected health conditions or side effects develop during the treatment.

When a healthcare provider's failure to properly monitor a patient causes injury or death, that provider has been negligent and committed malpractice. Injured patients in such cases have recourse under the law to pursue compensation for the losses they have suffered.

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Injuries Caused By Physicians' Failure to Monitor

When doctors fail in their duty to monitor, it can have serious consequences for their patients. Failure to monitor during labor and delivery can cause birth injuries to the baby, many of which can lead to permanent impairment. Failure to monitor the vital signs of a patient under anesthesia can result in death. Negligent healthcare providers who fail to monitor their patients may be held accountable for the harm they cause.

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Filing a Washington Malpractice Claim After Injuries from Failure to Monitor

Our Seattle failure to monitor attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have been awarded 10.0 Superb Rating on Avvo and membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We have been named by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys among the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Washington for Client Satisfaction 2014 to 2016. Contact us for outstanding representation in your Washington medical malpractice claim. You can reach us at (888) 228-3860.

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