Distraction is not a new topic for our Kansas City personal injury lawyers. We often publish articles and other materials about the dangers of distracted driving, for example. This article is different, however. This article addresses distracted doctoring and whether distractions similar to those that are harming people on the roads are also harming people in medical exam rooms. Quite simply, if a doctor is distracted by a phone, tablet, or other device and thus fails to exercise reasonable care, and that failure results in your injury, it is important to contact an experienced Kansas City medical malpractice lawyer to find out more about your rights.

The Dangers of Distracted Doctors
In December 2011, the New York Times reported on the potential problem that smartphones, tablets, computers and other electronic devices may pose for doctors and patients. The article, which has gained national attention, acknowledges the potential benefits of getting information quickly, but also brings to light the potential problem of doctors who are more focused on the screens than the patients in front of them. Whether a doctor gets caught up in medical research or is doing something egregious, such as shopping or checking Facebook, patients may pay the price and suffer from serious medical mistakes.

Do You Think You May Have A Medical Malpractice Claim?

If you believe you may have a medical malpractice claim you need to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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*Source: As Doctors Use More Devices, Potential for Distraction Grows by Matt Richtel, New York Times, December 14, 2011.
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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.