When Poor Communication Between Hospital Staff Leads To Patient Injuries

If you've recently visited a clinic or hospital for a checkup or to obtain medical treatment, you may have noticed that you are sent to various offices within the same hospital complex. It is not uncommon for you to be sent to a lab three floors down from your primary doctor, or to a specialist in an entirely different building.

Each specialist, each unit, is separate from the other, and if you happen to be seen by multiple providers, then it's likely that none of them will have a complete picture, or complete information about your medical history. At The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., in Scottsdale, our attorney works hard to help hold negligent hospital staff accountable and to help you recover the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

The Fragmentation Of Our Healthcare System Can Cause Serious Harm

Our healthcare delivery system is fragmented, decentralized and impersonal. Any lack of communication among doctors, labs, specialists, radiology departments and other areas of a hospital or clinic, can only exacerbate the problem. In fact, poor communication in a medical facility, lab or pharmacy, has the potential for causing harm, and even death to its patients.

Communication Errors Causing Potential Injury Or Death

Here is a list of communication errors that can potentially cause injury or death to a patient.

  • Failure or delays in communicating test results to a patient or referring doctor
  • Providing the wrong test result to a patient, resulting in injury or wrongful death
  • Doctor to doctor, or doctor to nurse/staff communication breakdown
  • Miscommunication of drug orders
  • Failure of pharmacist to properly interpret drug orders
  • Failure of staff to notify surgeon of critical information during surgery

Contact Our Phoenix Area Law Firm For Help With Filing A Medical Malpractice Claim

If poor communications at a doctor's office, clinic or hospital has caused you physical harm or injury, it may be grounds for a Medical Malpractice claim or lawsuit. An Arizona lawyer at the Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., can meet with you during a free case evaluation to discuss your legal options. Call our Scottsdale office today at 480-951-3949 or contact us online.