The Truth about Doctor-to-Doctor Miscommunication

Our team of medical malpractice lawyers in Baltimore, MD, know the importance of constant and consistent communication between every doctor working with the same patient. Miscommunication often leads to treatment and diagnostic confusion, thus causing patients and their families pain, suffering and, unfortunately, death. In fact, one of the most common reasons doctors are sued for malpractice is because of miscommunication.

Our team at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with medical negligence and getting the compensation families deserve. Below we’ve outlined a hypothetical situation in which miscommunication between a doctor team leads to extremely unfavorable circumstances for a patient.

Dr. Hudson has been caring for his patient, Beth, for a couple of weeks now. Beth has about four other doctors caring for her, along with Dr. Hudson, as she is in the final stages of liver cancer. Beth has intestinal bleeding, which was directly caused by her liver disease, and she lays in the intensive care unit. Beth’s family stands in the hospital room with Dr. Hudson, asking him what will happen to their loved one?

Dr. Hudson suggests the family meets in another room to discuss the next steps in her treatment. The treatment options presented were to either insert a tube to temporarily stop the bleeding or just keep Beth comfortable because even if the bleeding stopped, she didn’t have much time left to live.

The family was sure that Beth did not want the tube procedure done. She was at peace with the fact that her time was ending, and just wanted to be with family. Dr. Hudson and the family went back to Beth’s room, and, upon arrival, another team of doctors had already inserted the tube into Beth. This miscommunication between doctors all caring for the same patient was appalling. What if something might have gone wrong? What if, against the family’s wishes, the other set of doctors had ended Beth’s life mistakenly?

It all comes down to consistent communication between doctors caring for the same patient. Doctors need to keep a record of referrals and conversations with their patient and other doctors, to prove everyone is on the same page when it comes to the patient’s procedures and treatment. If one thing goes wrong, it could turn into a case of medical malpractice.

At Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC., our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys serve the Baltimore, MD region by handling doctor-to-doctor miscommunication cases in the past, and know how to read medical records to uncover possible malpractice suits.

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