Drexel Hill and other parts of the Philadelphia metropolitan area, unfortunately, see their share of medical malpractice cases. According to Pennsylvania court records, in 2016 there were 41 medical malpractice filings in Delaware County alone. There were only 10 medical malpractice jury verdicts, but those did not account for the cases that were filed that had not concluded before the end of the year and they also did not account for cases that settled and some that may have settled even before a lawsuit was filed.

Cases that our Drexel Hill medical malpractice attorneys at The Weitz Firm, LLC are seeing more often are distracted doctor cases. You are probably used to hearing about distracted drivers causing accidents or distracted pedestrians being struck by vehicles, but we also have a problem with distracted doctors and their distractions can cause serious harm to their patients.

Why doctors use smartphones

  • Clinical software applications – Diagnosis aids and medical calculators.
  • Electronic records – Access to electronic medical records, health records, and lab information. It also allows for better data collection because doctors can update patient health records on the spot.
  • Information resources – Includes medical literature, textbooks, and guidelines.
  • Communication – Smartphones allow for better communication with colleagues and patients via text, email, phone call, and video conferencing.

All of these smartphones use allow doctors to be more efficient and provide better care, but how many of them have their facebook and instagram apps nestled between their Epocrates and Medscape apps? And how many of these medical professionals are checking their social media apps and texting friends and family members during their practice and procedures?

Shocking cases have surfaced with doctors and other medical professionals surfing the Internet or updating their Facebook statuses from the operating room and ill patients being ignored in the emergency waiting room due to distracted medical professionals. We have seen cases of severe injuries and even death because of distracted medical professionals making errors.

Who is liable for injuries caused by distracted medical professionals?

Certainly the negligent medical professional is liable, but others may be liable as well. Hospitals, medical facilities, supervisors, and employers may all be liable for distracted medical professionals. Medical malpractice claims can be confusing and difficult because of the number of possible liable parties and their insurance companies that become involved.

If you are contacted by an insurance company attempting to settle your medical malpractice claim, you do not have to speak with them. It is important to know that their interest lies in spending as little as possible in exchange for a waiver of liability. Our Drexel Hill medical malpractice lawyer, Eric Weitz, is a skilled negotiator, a successful trial attorney, and a medical victim advocate who wants to see that his clients are fully and fairly compensated for their injuries caused by medical malpractice. Contact the medical malpractice team at The Weitz Firm, LLC to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards your medical malpractice financial recovery.

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