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Are Medical Malpractice Errors Due to Fatigued Hospital Staff?

Nichol & Associates, Attorneys at Law April 1, 2021

Studies show that night shifts, 12-hour shifts, and a lack of breaks can increase the risk of medical malpractice errors among hospital staff as the staff becomes more fatigued. This increases the risk of injuries and deaths among patients who are in the care of healthcare professionals in Tennesse.

Some healthcare professionals even work extra hours to increase their 24-hour shifts before they have a chance to rest and recharge. This is a common problem at hospitals that are understaffed and schedule their team members more frequently or for longer shifts. This can have an effect on the individual’s ability to make decisions and make errors with their judgment.

How to Reduce the Risk of Medical Malpractice Errors

If you want to reduce the risk of medical malpractice errors, it’s important to ask questions when you’re receiving treatment. Voicing your concerns is also necessary. You can also ask your doctor what data they’re using to make certain medical decisions regarding your treatment.

It’s also important to collect your medical records, eyewitness statements, and testimony from an expert witness if you plan to pursue a medical malpractice claim.

Who Can You Contact for Legal Assistance?

If you believe the medical care you received was compromised by a nurse, doctor, or hospital due to fatigue, it’s important to learn your rights–you may be liable for any damages that you have incurred. Consider contacting an attorney who has experience in medical malpractice. They’ll be able to review the evidence of your case and help you every step of the way as you seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, physical pain, or even wrongful death damages.