Car Accident Attorney in Baltimore: Sleepy Doctors Can Be Hazard on the Road, Too

Patients have many worries when undergoing medical procedures. One of those concerns is whether their doctor has had enough sleep. Recent research showed that resident surgeons were not operating at 100 percent of their mental capacity 80 percent of the time due to fatigue.

But the group of people who need worry about drowsy doctors may be growing. A recent study shows that group now includes the drivers sharing the road with doctors after working long shifts.

According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, the potential risk for accidents caused by doctor fatigue extends beyond the hospital. Doctors coming off long shifts could also cause a car accident.

The researchers at the Mayo Clinic surveyed 300 interns training between 2007 and 2011. They found that 11 percent of the interns had been involved in an auto accident during their training and that 43 percent of the interns had a close call while driving. According to the study, factors for the accidents or near misses included sleepiness, fatigue, depression and burnout.

As a result of the study, one of the Mayo Clinic researchers acknowledged that car accidents are more common among residents than anticipated. He said the issue should inspire ways to address resident stress and fatigue in hospitals to protect the interests of patients and the driving public. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a sleepy doctor or resident, contact a car accident attorney in Baltimore at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to start seeking the compensation you deserve.