When Patients Are Vulnerable to the Incompetence of Doctors

03/11/2014 // Jonathan C. Reiter (Press Release) // Jonathan C. Reiter // (press release)
Incompetent is not a label that any doctor would be proud to wear. However, there are some doctors and other members of the medical community whose actions in providing care to patients warrant this type of bad mark. Due to doctor incompetence, thousands of patients are injured in the U.S. while receiving medical care every year.

When patients place their lives in the hands of a doctor who is impaired, suffering from burnout, or has another issue that hinders their ability to treat or diagnose them properly, the consequences can be dire. Injuries may result from a failure to diagnose one’s serious condition, misdiagnoses of a condition, or negligent treatment.

Research has suggested that the most effective way to identify doctors who are incompetent is through the monitoring of their colleagues. Sadly, however, the rate of reporting by physicians who are privy to the incompetence of their peers is lower than what some say it should be.

Physicians’ Perceptions, Preparedness for Reporting, and Experiences Related to Impaired and Incompetent Colleagues

“Overall, physicians support the professional commitment to report all instances of impaired or incompetent colleagues in their medical practice to a relevant authority; however, when faced with these situations, many do not report.”

For more information about physicians experiences related to impaired and incompetent colleagues, please visit http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=186214.

Doctors often don’t report impaired colleagues

“One out of three doctors didn’t report colleagues they believed were “impaired or incompetent” to authorities, a survey released today found. Slightly more — 36 percent — didn’t completely agree that it was their responsibility to report these colleagues in every case.”

For more information about doctors and reporting impaired colleagues, please visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/07/13/us-impaired-colleagues-idUSTRE66C5TO20100713.

Say the New York medical malpractice attorneys of The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter, even if doctors fail to abide by the policies of the American Medical Association that outline reporting colleagues who may not be fit to practice, patients have legal recourse for taking action if doctor incompetence results in their being injured. Medical malpractice laws allow injured patients to file claims against physicians whose negligence or misconduct caused them harm.

The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter is available to help those in New York who have suffered as a result of a doctor’s incompetence. Whether one has been misdiagnosed, suffered due to a failure to diagnose or provide treatment for a serious condition, sustained an injury from a surgical error, or suffered from another type of medical mistake there may be cause for filing a New York medical malpractice claim. Individuals may contact The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter today for a free case review.

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