Monitoring Patients: A Critical Responsibility For All Health Care Providers

When you're seeking medical treatment — whether in a hospital or outpatient setting — a critical component of that care is regular monitoring. Changes in your condition can quickly become life-threatening if overlooked. When doctors, nurses or other medical professionals miss the warning signs, they should be held responsible for the harm that results

At the Boston, Massachusetts, law office of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, we'll stand up for you. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling medical negligence cases of all kinds, including negligent failure to monitor changes in a patient's condition. We work with nurses and physicians on staff to build a strong foundation for getting the compensation you deserve.

Failure To Monitor And Treat Worsening Back Pain - Cauda Equina

The majority of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain often resolves on its own or with treatment such as physical therapy and medication. However, worsening back pain — or pain that doesn't resolve with routine treatment — requires a thorough medical evaluation. It could be cauda equina, a rare but serious neurological condition involving compression of critical nerve roots.

Cauda equina is a medical emergency. It may lead to permanent nerve damage or even paralysis if not promptly treated.

This syndrome typically starts out like other back injuries. Early symptoms include low back pain, sore muscles and muscle weakness. However, it may escalate to more serious symptoms such as:

  • Severe pain
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control (incontinence)
  • Trouble walking
  • Pain, numbness or weakness in the legs

If you have these symptoms, your doctor should immediately investigate further. Diagnostic imaging studies — such as CAT and MRI scans — together with a thorough physical examination are necessary to rule out compression of spinal nerve roots.

Failure To Monitor Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy, labor and delivery can take an unexpected turn for the worse at any moment — especially in high-risk patients. Nurses and obstetricians have a duty to monitor you for any troubling changes. If problems aren't promptly identified and treated, you could end up facing a condition that's life-threatening for both you and your fetus.

Failure To Monitor Changes In Your Condition At The Hospital Or After Surgery

Admittance to a hospital allows medical staff to be especially attentive to your condition. Nonetheless, nurses and doctors are often busy and overworked. They can overlook warning signs of a serious condition, such as the extended absence of a bowel movement leading to a ruptured colon. Bedridden patients must also be monitored for pressure or bedsores, which can quickly become serious if not treated. Following surgery, your health care team must carefully monitor you for complications such as bleeding, blood clots and infections.

Has Your Medical Provider Let You Down?

If you or someone you love has been injured because medical professionals failed to adequately monitor your condition, you may have a right to compensation. We have the credentials and experience necessary to get you get the answers and justice you deserve. Call 800-LAWYERS or contact us online for a free consultation.