A common medical error occurs when a doctor or care provider has an obligation to monitor a patient but doesn’t do so. Keeping tabs on a patient’s condition, observing the patient for signs of trouble and responding in a timely manner to potential problems are all part of providing a reasonable quality of care to a patient. If you or a loved one was hurt because a doctor failed to adequately monitor your health status or condition, you should consult with an experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyer to determine if you have a right to compensation based on the provider’s mistake. Contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., without delay. We serve clients throughout Illinois.
In a number of situations, one of the primary roles of a doctor or care provider is to keep tabs on a patient and react quickly if there is a problem. These situations include:
A failure to monitor claim can be made any time that a reasonable physician or healthcare provider would have kept better track of the patient’s health and/or when the patient is harmed because of a care provider’s failure to meet a monitoring obligation.
The consequences of the failure to monitor a patient can be very severe, depending on the patient’s condition and what the doctors or care providers failed to detect. For example, if a doctor is expected to monitor a patient during labor and fails to do so, the baby may be born with cerebral palsy or neurological injury. Or, if a doctor is providing care to a pregnant woman and fails to monitor her health status properly, the doctor could miss signs of placental abruption or preeclampsia. This could result in death or serious injury to the mother or baby. Death is also a common yet tragic outcome when an anesthesiologist fails to monitor a patient’s vital signs once the patient is under anesthesia. In any situation in which a patient suffers adverse consequences because of a healthcare provider’s failure to monitor, the provider can be held responsible for all costs and losses arising from the omission.
In many cases, it is not a doctor who is primarily responsible for failure to monitor but a nurse or someone else providing medical assistance. This is because doctors are often too busy to closely and regularly monitor patients, and the job of checking vitals and watching for changes in a patient’s condition falls to other hospital staff or care providers. Because there may be multiple people involved in the care of a patient, in particular with observing the patient for signs of trouble, it can be difficult to determine who should be held legally responsible when something goes wrong because of a failure to monitor. Some of the potential defendants may include:
These are just a few examples of health professionals who may become liable for unreasonably failing to notice problems when the average professional in their position with the same background would have detected the problem and reacted.
It sometimes can be difficult to determine who was responsible for monitoring your condition. It is always challenging to show that the care provider fell short of what was reasonable given the circumstances. It is also difficult to prove the extent of the harm that resulted from a monitoring failure rather than from an underlying medical problem. Due to the difficulties and the technically complex nature of failure to monitor cases, your claim will come down to how strong and compelling your evidence is and to having an expert witness that can show why your care providers fell short. Finding a witness and building a case are both very difficult for you to do, especially if you are recovering from medical problems caused by the doctor’s failure. An experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyer at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can assist you in making your claim and recovering compensation for medical negligence. We have represented many clients throughout Illinois in failure to monitor cases, including many involving birth injuries, and we are prepared to put our legal knowledge and experience to work to help you with your claim. To learn more about how we can assist you, give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today.