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Why are tired doctors so dangerous?

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

There are several reasons you may need medical services. You may be involved in an accident, break a bone in a freak skiing accident or become ill. In any situation, you rely on the competency of medical professionals to provide the care you need. 

Not only do you rely on medical professionals, you expect them to adhere to their legal duty to give you the best possible care. 

Most doctors are busy. They have full schedules and see countless patients during a day or a shift. Unfortunately, for many doctors and other healthcare professionals, this causes burnout

What is doctor burnout?

Burnout is a work-related condition causing decreased effectiveness, exhaustion and cynicism. While doctors aren’t the only professionals who experience burnout, when they do, the outcome is often dangerous and even deadly medical mistakes. 

There are several ways that doctor burnout can cause mistakes. These include:

  • Impaired medical judgments: Cases of burnout affect doctors by impacting their judgment. It can lead to misdiagnosis and technical mistakes. 
  • Improper diagnostic and treatment methods: burnout can also lead to doctors not dosing patients properly or prescribing the wrong medication. They may order too many or too few lab tests and cause patients to develop an infection, fall or die. 
  • Physical fatigue: Burnout can cause fatigue in doctors, exacerbating the issues mentioned above and leading to even more mistakes and deadly errors. 

If you experience harm or someone in your family dies because of a doctor’s mistake or negligence, it may be possible to file a medical malpractice claim. Knowing your legal rights is important to ensure you take the proper steps in these situations.