We have all heard the joke that poor handwriting could be an indication that a person could or should be a doctor. Poor handwriting has often been associated with doctors both recently and doctors of the past. When doctors would write a prescription, or medical notes, they often would, and some still do, write physically rather than enter it digitally into a computer. However, computers may be a better option for some doctors as a miscommunication related to their handwriting can result in medical malpractice.
While technology has left few industries untouched, including the medical field, some doctors and hospitals still utilize handwritten records. When a doctor sees a patient, he could record or put into motion medical notes or treatments in a person’s file or pass the communication onto another medical professional. If handwriting is sloppy or otherwise hard to read, it could easily result in a medical error that could result in injury to the patient. It seems like such a silly error but it can have serious consequences.
This is a big reason why many hospitals and other medical facilities have moved onto digital records. These do not generally have the issues of sloppy handwriting, although with technology, comes its own set of challenges in issuing quality patient care. However, many places utilize handwritten notes for a multitude of purposes. A person’s handwriting had better be neat and legible, otherwise, it could easily result in an avoidable injury, like misdiagnosis.
At Rosen Louik & Perry, we will leave no stone unturned when you believe or suspect you were injured due to medical malpractice. While it could have been as silly as a doctor’s handwriting that caused injury, it could be more complex. It could have been several factors that ultimately resulted in medical injury. A full investigation can result in bringing these factors to life.