A doctor who doesn’t pay attention during an office visit can overlook important symptoms and make a misdiagnosis. A surgeon who gets distracted during a procedure can operate on the wrong location or simply do a poor job with the right procedure. A nurse who isn’t paying close enough attention could give out the wrong medication, leading to an allergic reaction or simply a failure to treat the problem the patient has.
These types of adverse events can happen for many different reasons, but could the real culprit be the phone? Just as distracted driving causes serious car accidents, a distracted doctor could make mistakes and negligently impact your health in all manner of ways. When these mistakes are serious enough, they can lead to life-altering ramifications or they can even be fatal.
An identifiable issue with a real toll
If you think that the odds of this happening are low, you should know that it is a very real issue that has been studied, with some calling these distraction-based mistakes a public health threat. Researchers noted that smartphones were the main culprit and that most people — including doctors — looked at their phones 46 times each day. That’s roughly twice per hour.
Plus, it’s not as if doctors can’t have phones while working. They need them for communication, access to electronic records, assistance with research and much more. But those same phones, as helpful as they are, create a serious risk. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a negligent doctor, be sure you know what steps to take to seek the compensation that you deserve.