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Burnout Leads to Doctors Prescribing the Wrong Medication in Maryland and Throughout the Nation

medical errorsWhen a doctor, nurse or any other medical professional is negligent, the results can be devastating. If you have been injured or someone you know has died due to medical malpractice, you need the help of a seasoned Baltimore medical malpractice attorney. At Arfaa Law Group, we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they deserve for their harm. Time is of the essence in these cases so it is important to act as quickly as possible after your medical injury.

Doctors with burnout are twice as likely to prescribe the wrong medication and make the wrong diagnoses, according to a new large-scale study. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined 57 research papers that analyzed the responses of 43,000 doctors. The conclusion was that burnout has devastating effects on the quality of care that a patient receives. Burnout also makes doctors twice as likely to lower professional standards, such as not following set protocols and policies. For junior doctors, burnout increases the chances of lower professional standards by 3.5 times.

The study also revealed that patient satisfaction was significantly lower when doctors were physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted – key signs of burnout. The study confirms what has been known for a while: doctors work best when they are not overworked to the degree that they experience burnout. In other words, the well being of a doctor directly impacts patient care.

Medical malpractice is a legal concept that requires healthcare providers to provide certain standards of care to patients. Essentially, medical malpractice takes place when a medical professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to the patient. The negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or health management.

To determine if a medical professional committed malpractice, it is important to ask what a reasonably prudent medical professional practicing the same branch of medicine would have done under the same or similar circumstances. If the defendant medical professional’s conduct was inconsistent with what a reasonably prudent medical professional would have done in the same situation, that defendant medical professional will likely be liable for malpractice.

It is important to note that the burden of proof in all Maryland medical malpractice cases is on the plaintiff. The plaintiff is required to establish, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant medical professional’s actions or omissions were the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injury. Put simply, the plaintiff must show that it was more likely than not the defendant’s conduct caused the plaintiff’s injury.

Establishing liability in a medical malpractice case is very complicated, which is why it is imperative to have an experienced Baltimore medical malpractice attorney on your side. At Arfaa Law Group, we will investigate your case and gather the necessary documentation to pursue a claim. You can rest assured that we understand the nuances of this area of law. To speak to one of our attorneys in more detail about your specific case, do not hesitate to call us today at 410-889-1850 or reach us through our website.

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