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Doctors are burning out, and it could lead to worse care 

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Burnout is something that can happen in many industries. It occurs when employees are facing overwhelming work-related stress. It goes on for so long that it becomes a chronic condition, and finally, they are just emotionally and physically exhausted.

In some ways, people have related this to things like depression and anxiety. And those can certainly play a role, as well. But burnout itself is this type of exhaustion that just makes the person feel like they are fighting to get through every moment.

Why this is a problem in the medical industry

One issue that we’ve seen in recent years is that doctors and nurses are facing burnout at higher levels. The stress they’ve had to face has been higher than in previous years, and burnout can also be attributed to having low staffing numbers when the remaining workers have to do more than they anticipated or more than they had to do in the past.

What this means is that the medical professionals who treat you when you go to the hospital may be very fatigued. They may be mentally checked out. They may be considering switching to a different career. This happens to doctors, nurses, surgeons, support staff and everyone else.

Unfortunately, this type of work-related fatigue can also lead to mistakes. Is a doctor who is struggling with burnout – but who feels they have no choice but to continue coming to work – more likely to make a serious medical error than a doctor who is feeling much fresher and rejuvenated?

Seeking financial compensation

Medical mistakes can have a critical financial impact on the patient. If you have suffered an injury, lost wages and run into other such issues, be sure you know how to seek compensation.