Patients place a significant amount of trust in their care providers, even those who are not providing in-person care. Because of the pandemic, health concerns, staff shortages and other factors, more people are relying on telemedicine for certain types of appointments. However, there are concerns that there could be a higher chance for medical malpractice in telemedicine, and Delaware patients would be wise to be cautious and careful with their health care choices.
The potential risks
The internet and technology have made it easier than ever to have telemedicine appointments. While there are some benefits to using telemedicine, it is also easier to incorrectly diagnose a patient or prescribe the wrong treatment if the care provider cannot see the patient in person. Patient conditions may become worse.
If a doctor incorrectly diagnoses a patient or acts negligently in any way, it could be considered medical malpractice. This applies whether the patient and doctor met in a personal setting or through a telemedicine appointment. A recent study found that telemedicine use is up significantly, which means patients could be facing a higher risk for negligent care.
What can victims do?
Victims of medical malpractice related to the use of telemedicine have legal options available to them. They may find it beneficial to speak with an attorney regarding the potential for a civil claim against the party believed responsible. The Delaware civil justice system provides an opportunity for those harmed by negligent medical care to seek a full and fair recovery, including coverage of their financial losses and projected future medical needs.