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Michigan Inadequate Monitoring Attorney

During medical procedures, some doctors are so focused on the procedure itself that they do not keep and eye on patient monitoring devices. Similarly, many doctors think their job is over once the procedure ends, but that’s generally not the case. If you suspect that the doctor did not adequately monitor you, contact our Michigan inadequate monitoring lawyers to receive a free and confidential case evaluation.

The professional team at Buchanan Firm understands that medical negligence may not cause death or dismemberment. Instead, it may make everyday living more difficult than it has to be. No matter how medical malpractice has impacted your family, our medical malpractice lawyers stand up for you against the big insurance companies in Michigan. We also offer solid legal and medical advice, so you can make the best possible decisions.

Failure to Monitor During Surgery

If doctors do not adhere to established monitoring standards, there is essentially a presumption of negligence. This presumption is even stronger in the doctor-patient realm, because of the high duty of care that doctors have according to Michigan law. To strengthen your negligence claim, our Michigan inadequate monitoring attorneys work with top medical professionals who clearly explain what happened to the jury. Many of these top professionals work in our office.

This legal duty includes a responsibility to monitor patients and look for warning signs of serious complications. Common situations include the following:

  • Immediately after the doctor administers anesthesia, the doctor should watch the patient carefully and look for any signs of allergic reaction.
  • If the doctor holds the patient overnight for observation, the doctor must actually observe the patient and not simply react to any adverse developments.
  • During surgery, doctors must watch safety monitors, specifically things like the patient’s oxygen saturation level.
  • After a doctor treats a patient, the doctor should do more than visit occasionally. The doctor must constantly monitor the patient and look for red flags.

Damages in failure to monitor claims usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages may be available as well, in some extreme cases.

Failure to Monitor During Birth

Negligence at the moment of delivery often causes cerebral palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and other serious birth injuries. This negligence often involves a failure to detect fetal distress. To move the baby down the birth canal, many doctors apply subrapubic pressure to the mother’s abdomen. Subrapubic pressure is a little like CPR. So, these maneuvers often seriously injure fragile babies.

Failure to properly monitor the newborn often causes Erb’s Palsy as well. The standard of care requires doctors to:

  • Perform a “babygram,” or a chest and upper body X-ray
  • Conduct an EMG (Electromyography) study
  • Perform a shoulder MRI, CT scan, and ultrasound
  • Use a three-dimensional proton-density MRI to study the brachial plexus

If doctors skip a step, or do not adequately review test results, parents or caregivers may be forced to self-diagnose Erb’s Palsy. Early symptoms include shoulder stiffness, intense pain, and weak reflexes. Unfortunately, by the time these symptoms appear, Erb’s Palsy is much more difficult to address.

Work with a Diligent Lawyer

A few moments of neglect during the medical treatment process could cause a lifetime of suffering. For a free consultation with an experienced inadequate monitoring lawyer in Michigan, contact Buchanan Firm. Our main office is conveniently located near the Ford Presidential Library.