Law Offices in Houston and Bellaire
Call for a Free Initial Consultation
B. L. Jensen, L.P.B. L. Jensen, L.P.
Local: 832-460-3366
Toll Free: 877-297-7414

Se Habla Español Email Us

Sleep-deprived doctors a menace to patients

Many patients don't realize that truck drivers have more restrictions on the stretches of hours that they can work than surgeons and other physicians. Even though it's known that even slight sleep deprivation is comparable to being intoxicated by alcohol, doctors still work 12-hour shifts (or more) and then have to get up and do it all over again the next day.

Every resident has his or her own version of an "almost" moment where patient care was jeopardized by a sleep-deprived medical professional.

Only recently were residency hours capped at 80 hours per week, as per new regulations imposed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The limits of hours led to a measurable, decreased risk in patient mortality. Still, violations occur, with residents being urged to underreport their work hours.

One study done at Johns Hopkins found that over 250,000 patients die annually in America from preventable medical errors. If your care, or that of a loved one, was compromised by a sleepy surgeon or nodding nurse, you have a right to seek justice. In the case of a fatal medical error, the survivors can file a wrongful death lawsuit in the Texas courts.

While nothing can bring your loved one back to life after a medical error has caused or hastened their demise, holding the responsible parties liable for your losses and damages can lessen the financial impact of their death. It can also force the medical facilities and the health care community at large to rethink the policies and procedures that endanger vulnerable patients' lives.

Source: KevinMD.com, "Doctors are dangerously tired, and health care leaders aren’t taking action," Suvas Vajaracharya, PhD, accessed Dec. 29, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Get A Free Consultation

How Can We Help?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Brian Jensen

Representation in the Houston Area with 3 Convenient Locations:

Bellaire Office
Frost Bank Building, 6750 West Loop South, Suite 800
Bellaire, TX 77401

Toll Free: 877-297-7414
Phone: 832-460-3366
Fax: 713-665-6818
Bellaire Law Office Map

Houston Office
By Appointment Only
440 Louisiana Street
Suite 2080
Houston, TX 77002

Toll Free: 877-297-7414
Phone: 832-460-3366
Map & Directions

Houston Office
By Appointment Only
14439 Twisted Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77079

Toll Free: 877-297-7414
Phone: 832-460-3366
Map & Directions

Review Us

  • Super Lawyers
  • Distinguished AV | Peer review rated | for ethical standards and legal ability | LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell
  • Texas board of legal specialization TBLS 1974
  • Board Certified | Texas board of legal specialization | Personal Injury Trial Law
  • Texas trial lawyers association