Distracted driving is a significant issue that leads to serious car accidents every day. Much of the time, the distraction comes from a cellphone, but not always. People can also get distracted by passengers, for instance, or the GPS.
This phenomenon is well-known in driving, but it’s important to remember that doctors can also get distracted. If you’re in a medical center, could this mean that you don’t get the type of care that you deserve?
Are distracted doctors a public health threat?
Some experts have gone so far as to say that it’s a public health threat to be as distracted by smartphones as modern people are. They cite the fact that people average looking at their phone 46 times every day, or nearly twice per hour. They then point out that healthcare providers probably fall into the same pattern.
But you don’t just have to worry about your doctor checking sports scores, going on social media or texting their significant other. They could also get distracted using their phone for necessary medical reasons. For instance, they might ask a more experienced doctor for advice or look up certain medical records. In other words, the doctor could still be doing something beneficial for your case, but that doesn’t mean they’re not distracted. And when they are, that can lead to mistakes, oversights and unintentional errors.
Have you been harmed by a distracted doctor?
If you’ve been harmed due to medical malpractice because your doctor was negligent, it’s very important for you to know how to seek financial compensation. You may deserve compensation to make up for additional medical bills, wages that you lose, lost earning potential and much more.