When a doctor steps into an exam room, they try their best to focus on the patient’s needs. They ask questions about the patient’s medical history, diagnose conditions and prescribe and explain medications. These are all important in making sure the patient receives the best quality care. On top of these important responsibilities, some doctors, especially at smaller clinics might have patient privacy regulations in the back of their mind.
Some new regulations may hold doctors responsible for patient documents and information that are shredded, even after they are out of the doctor’s hands. These laws could distract doctors from providing patient care in a safe manner. Medical malpractice comes in many different forms. It isn’t just about how a surgery turns out, but medical malpractice could occur from a doctor misdiagnosing or giving improper instructions on a medication. Distractions for doctors could harm patients.
If a person is injured because of a doctor’s error, the doctor should be held accountable. While more restrictions may limit a doctor’s ability to do their job properly, it is important that they hire proper staff to handle their administrative tasks.
Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney might be a wise decision if a person is harmed by a doctor’s error. They can help the person understand their rights and seek compensation for their injuries. Compensation might be used for current and future medical expenses that arise from a medical error. It might also be used for a person’s monthly expenses if they are unable to return to work because of their injuries.
Source: Forbes, “New Privacy Rules May Distract Doctors From Patient Care,” Peter Lipson, Feb. 11, 2013
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