A career in medicine carries a significant amount of responsibility, knowledge, training, compassion, etc. Being a doctor isn’t an easy job and like other demanding fields (i.e. nurses, nursing home caretakers, etc.), we are beginning to see physicians getting “burned out.” While there are a number of definitions that explain what being burned out means, a study defined it as “substantial symptoms of emotional exhaustion, feelings of cynicism and detachment from work, and a low sense of personal accomplishment” [Source: Iowa Public Radio].
The study also estimated that doctor burnout is costing the U.S. health care system nearly $4.6 billion a year on account of having to replace physicians and the lost income from unfilled positions.
Aside from “doctor burnout” costing the health care system a significant amount on an annual basis, the study suggests that there is research that reveals that “burned out doctors are also more likely to make medical mistakes, have less satisfied patients, and get sued for malpractice.” Despite the factors that might lead a physician to become burned out, he or she still has a job to do. Doctors of all types are required to provide their patients with the standard level of care, meaning no matter what doctor you visit, you should receive the same or similar treatment for the condition, illness, etc. you are experiencing or suffering from. When a doctor provides substandard care, they could potentially be placing their patients’ health or safety in jeopardy.
What should I do if I think my health care provider rendered substandard care to me or a loved one?
Regardless of how difficult or stressful a doctor’s job may be, he or she is always required to provide their patients with the proper type of care. When a physician fails to meet a state or federal regulation he or she is required to abide by and harms a patient in the process, they can be held liable for their mistakes and negligence. If you think your physician in Iowa provided you with substandard care which resulted in you suffering in some way, we recommend you contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. to speak with a skilled IA personal injury attorney.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in handling all types of personal injury cases, including those involving medical malpractice and can determine whether you have grounds to file suit against the physician and/or the facility he or she works in. Now, it is important that you recognize that doctors, hospitals, and other types of health care facilities are sued for malpractice rather frequently and have lawyers in place to represent them. Therefore, obtaining a successful outcome can be a challenge which is why you need to retain a top personal injury attorney in the state of Iowa to represent you. If you would like to learn more about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit and what grounds must be met in order for you to do so, contact our office now at (319) 393-1020 to schedule an initial consultation.
You can reach Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. at:
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Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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