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Nearly One-Fourth of All Doctors Find It Acceptable to Cover Up a Mistake That Causes Injury

DoctorAdmitting that you have made a mistake and then apologizing for it might seem like the common sense thing to do, but as most people know, it is not always that simple. There are situations in which admitting a mistake can result in criminal consequences. Then there are those that can lead to litigation. One prime example of the latter is in medical malpractice, which is probably why about one-fourth of all doctors consider it acceptable to cover up their medical errors.

Yet, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and even the Code of Medical Ethics encourage honesty and transparency among doctors. Why, then, does this issue exist, and is there a way it can be remedied? Perhaps, but the biggest concern is how the dishonesty and lack of disclosure can impact the lives of patients and their families. Learn more about these issues, including what it could mean for your medical malpractice case, with help from the following information.

Examining the Severity of the Problem

In an online survey, in which over 7,5000 doctors from 25 different specialties were polled, some seven percent of all doctors indicated that they considered it “acceptable” to hide a clinical mistake that caused harm to a patient. Another 14 percent said, “it depends.” When compared to previous years’ studies, the new data shows a significant shift in ethics and beliefs among physicians – which could be a good thing, if the shift was in the right direction.

Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in America, just behind heart disease and cancer. Although transparency and honesty may not remedy all errors, it could push physicians to work harder at avoiding mistakes. At the very least, it might start the healing process, which could bring America back to a place where patients trust their doctors.

When Trust is Missing in the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Patients today live in almost constant fear, worried that they will get an infection, suffer an adverse event, or receive the wrong treatment. How did we get here? Much of it can be traced to the hospital culture; afraid of malpractice suits, hospitals were the ones who started the shift in the doctor-patient relationship. They began telling doctors to never admit fault to a patient. Now it seems almost second nature for some. To stop the cycle of broken trust, hospitals and doctors must be held accountable for their errors, especially those that cause injury or harm.

Contact Our San Jose Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered death or injury because of a doctor or hospital error, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP for assistance. Our dedicated San Jose medical malpractice attorneys can examine your case, help you understand your options, and we will aggressively pursue the most compensation possible. Get started by scheduling a free initial consultation. Call (408) 289-1417 today.

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