Physician Communication Errors May Constitute Medical Malpractice

It's not always the slip of the scalpel or a bad medical decision that hurts patients. Sometimes the most serious harm stems from miscommunication and failure to follow through. It is malpractice nonetheless.

Contact the attorneys of Belsky Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC, if you believe that the doctors or hospital staff could have and should have prevented a tragic outcome. We have obtained notable recoveries in medical malpractice, including cases of physician communication errors. Get a free consultation today.

Miscommunication By Medical Providers

In our experience, this is an all too prevalent form of malpractice. It is heartbreaking when critical information never reaches the doctor or patient — information that may have saved a life, extended life or prevented irreversible injury.

An example of communication gone wrong:

A patient comes to the ER complaining of chest pain. No radiologist is on staff after 7 p.m., so the X-ray is sent out to a night service. The case is lost in the shuffle. The patient never gets a callback. The attending physician never follows up. A year later, the patient is diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. Early diagnosis would have provided treatment options, but now doctors can only manage the pain prior to death.

Communication errors occur in countless ways:

  • Lab results get lost or sent to the wrong party.
  • Doctors receive but do not read lab results.
  • Crucial information is buried in the report instead of listed first.
  • Incidental findings on an MRI (such as thyroid nodules) are never relayed to the patient.
  • Radiologists hedge their findings in vague language that gets ignored.
  • Patients see multiple specialists, but there is no care coordinator for sharing data or reaching consensus.
  • Narcotics are overprescribed, leading to addiction and death.

Accountability Through The Legal System

Our lawyers probe into the chain of command and hospital protocols, examining medical records and reading between the lines to discover where the miscommunication occurred. If there is evidence that a client was deprived of needed treatment or critical information, we aggressively pursue compensation for the resulting disability, suffering, financial hardships or premature death. When necessary, we have the resources and courtroom experience to take the case to a jury in the quest for justice.

We have six offices in Baltimore and surrounding counties of Maryland. Contact us online or arrange a free consultation by calling 410-344-7380 or 800-266-4732.