Medical professionals have an obligation to monitor patients in accordance with appropriate standards of care. If you or your loved one has been injured due to a health care provider’s failure to monitor you during treatment or post-op, you may have a claim for medical negligence. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our skilled medical malpractice attorneys can analyze the facts of your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your harm.
When medical professionals fail to properly monitor a patient, the results can be devastating or even fatal. We have handled a wide range of cases related to errors in patient monitoring. These mistakes can happen anywhere from a clinic to a hospital to a nursing home. Patient monitoring errors may include but are not limited to:
- Failure to diagnose and treat post-operative complications;
- Failure to monitor a patient’s vital signs after anesthesia;
- Failure to monitor hospital patients for infections;
- Failure to monitor a child during and after birth;
- Failure to monitor nursing home patients so that bed sores develop;
- Failure to monitor a patient on dialysis;
- Patient discharged from the hospital too early when they should have been monitored further in the facility;
- Failure to monitor how certain high-risk drugs interact with each other in a patient; or
- Failure to follow up with a patient.
A doctor or hospital may be liable for malpractice if they cause harm or death to a patient by failing to monitor a patient who should have been monitored. In New York, medical malpractice takes place when a medical professional causes an injury or death by failing to adhere to the standard of care that a reasonably prudent medical professional in the same specialty would have used in the same or similar circumstances. In order to win on a malpractice case, certain elements must be established: i) duty – the medical professional owed a legal duty to deliver medical treatment consistent with the generally accepted medical standard of care; ii) breach – the medical professional breached this duty of care by deviating from the generally accepted medical standard of care; iii) cause – the patient’s harm was a direct result of the medical professional’s breach; and iv) damages – the patient’s injury caused him or her to suffer damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
It is important to note that a number of parties may be liable in a failure to monitor malpractice case. Examples of parties who may be held accountable include doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and OB/GYNs. In some cases, more than one party may be liable.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are required to monitor patients in certain conditions. If you or someone close to you has been injured due to a medical professional’s failure to monitor, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our seasoned and hard-working Rochester medical injury attorneys can help you determine an appropriate way to proceed with your case. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call our offices at 315-479-9000, or you can reach us online
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