I believe my doctor was sleepy and committed a medical error. What are my legal rights?

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If a doctor made a mistake, the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice. Doctors have highly stressful jobs, and many of them have long shifts and difficult work schedules. Doctors often suffer from sleep deprivation, which can put their patients at risk.

Doctors often have back to back shifts, which may only allow them to get a few hours of sleep at night. Sleep deprivation can cause impaired judgment, which can be very dangerous to patients. Currently, new doctors are allowed to work a max of 16 hours consecutively. A proposed change in the regulations would allow young doctors to work 28 hours in a row.

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can be as dangerous as becoming intoxicated, which when it involves a doctor, can be extremely dangerous for patients. Doctors need to get a healthy, normal amount of sleep in order to keep themselves and their patients safe. Sleep deprived doctors may make mistakes that could prove to be fatal.

If you have been harmed by a doctor’s mistake, and you believe that mistake could be related to a lack of sleep, you should speak with an attorney. Although of course not all medical procedures are guaranteed to turn out as planned, if a doctor commits a serious error which results in harm to the patient, the patient is entitled to compensation.

Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 877-342-2020 if you have been harmed by a doctor’s error. Our firm can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on Facebook to learn more. 
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