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Failure to Monitor Patient Claims in Philadelphia

Doctors have a duty to avoid harming their patients. They are expected to exercise due diligence in diagnosing and treating their patients. This means that they must make informed decisions when treating a patient and monitor them so that they can act quickly if complications arise. Unfortunately, in some cases, doctors cause harm by failing to adequately monitor their patients. Inadequate monitoring in certain situations can lead to very serious consequences, including death.

If you or a family member has suffered injury due to inadequate monitoring by a doctor in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, please contact Youman & Caputo to discuss your case. You may be entitled to financial compensation as a result of your doctor’s medical malpractice.

At Youman & Caputo, you will get the aggressive representation of a large firm with the personal attention of a small firm. Call us at (215) 302-1999 to schedule a free assessment of your case.

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What Is Inadequate Monitoring?

To avoid causing a patient harm, doctors are obliged to monitor their patients in a wide range of circumstances, such as before, during, and after any treatment, medical procedures, or prescription of certain medications.

For example, if certain medications are prescribed, the patient must be monitored to make sure that they have no adverse reactions. And, if the patient undergoes a medical procedure like surgery, they must be monitored to ensure that there are no complications from the procedure such as anesthesia errors. Whatever the cause of your injury, our anesthesia error lawyers and medication error attorneys in Philadelphia are ready to take on your case.

When a doctor or health facility fails to keep track of a patient’s health and the effect of the treatment they receive, this is known as inadequate monitoring or failure to monitor. If a doctor or health facility fails to monitor a patient in a way that fell below the standard of care required for that patient, their actions may give rise to a medical malpractice case.

Medical Negligence Involving Inadequate Monitoring

Medical negligence that involves inadequate monitoring can take many forms, including:

  • Failure to monitor a patient under anesthesia
  • Failure to monitor a baby’s vital signs during delivery
  • Failure to monitor for post-surgical infections
  • Failure to diagnose postoperative complications
  • Failure to monitor medical scans or tests that have been administered
  • Failure to monitor an elderly patient with a new prescription drug
  • Failure to follow up with a patient or repeat testing if symptoms persist

Malpractice can cause a wide range of serious injuries to the patient.  Without proper monitoring, the neglected patient may suffer brain injuries, allergic reactions, adverse drug interactions, infections, birth injuries, cardiovascular problems, post-operative complications and other harm. The patient’s condition can continue to worsen until he or she is irreparably harmed.

Consequences of Failing to Monitor a Patient

The consequences of inadequate monitoring can be minor but extend through serious injuries and even death. Some serious consequences of inadequate monitoring are:

  • Delayed diagnosis leading to advanced disease progression in cases such as cancer;
  • Adverse drug reactions leading to organ failure;
  • Fatal allergic reactions;
  • Complicated labor and delivery resulting in birth injuries such as cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy;
  • Anesthesia errors; and
  • Wrongful death.

If a doctor’s errors cost the life of a loved one, our Philadelphia wrongful death lawyers are prepared to fight for justice on your family’s behalf.

How Much Compensation Can You Receive for Inadequate Monitoring?

The amount of compensation a victim can receive for inadequate monitoring will depend on the facts of their case and the severity of their injury. A victim can receive compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, future income, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If a victim dies, their spouse or beneficiaries may also be entitled to compensation for the loss of their loved one.

How a Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help

Hiring the right medical malpractice lawyer is important for anyone who may have a failure to monitor case. Medical malpractice is a complicated practice area with specific requirements in Pennsylvania, such as the required certificate of merit. This certificate is a document that is signed by an appropriate licensed professional and states that there is a reasonable probability that the defendant acted outside of acceptable professional standards and caused harm.

A lawyer can help you with your case in many ways, including:

  • Carefully review the medical records for evidence of medical negligence.
  • Research the medical literature for texts or journal articles that may help prove a doctor’s negligent failure to monitor.
  • Hire medical experts who are at the top of their fields to testify on your behalf.
  • File the lawsuit paperwork with the court before the expiration of any deadlines.
  • Handle all of the stages of litigation over the two to three years that it can take for a medical malpractice case to get to trial.
  • Negotiate with an insurance company for fair compensation.
  • Take your medical malpractice case to a jury trial, if necessary.

Let an experienced medical malpractice attorney handle your legal case while you focus on healing.

Contact An Experienced Attorney to Help

If you or a family member has been injured by inadequate monitoring, contact Youman & Caputo. Let our proven track record in Philadelphia medical malpractice cases work for you. To get more information and an assessment of your case, call us today at (215) 302-1999 to schedule your free consultation with one of our Philadelphia inadequate monitoring lawyers.