Fort Worth: The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has disciplined a Fort Worth doctor for failing to keep adequate medical records.
Dr. Bill E. Weldon’s probationary term, has been extended with this action. The initial probation was ordered by the TMB after a patient to whom the doctor prescribed drugs accidentally died.
Weldon was among 48 Texas doctors recently disciplined by the TMB, including two others in Tarrant County.
In 2005, Weldon’s medical license was placed on a five-year probated suspension related to inappropriate prescribing and inadequate medical records. The board’s latest action, increased his probation to 10 years because he did not implement recommendations by a physician monitoring his medical charts.
This is all about their chart reviewer, who reviewed my files, Weldon said.
Medical Analysis: This case highlights the importance of accurate and legible record keeping. If you do not document it, you have not done it.
Legal Analysis: Medical malpractice cases can become indefensible with inadequate medical record keeping and can be the difference between winning and losing a medical malpractice claim.