Every year, countless cases of possible malpractice go unreported. One watchdog group conducted a study into the state of patient safety that included surveys of more than a thousand patients across the country. The results of that study may surprise even the most cynical of citizens. Not only is this study important to alert people to the potential dangers they face when obtaining health care, but it should also serve as a reminder that doctors are people too. This means that, despite their training and years of experience, doctors and healthcare staff are capable of making mistakes. It is for this reason that healthcare professionals and the facilities they work for carry insurance in the event a mistake leads to the harm of a patient. However, these individuals are not always up front about their mistakes. In these situations it may be necessary for an injured patient to speak to an experienced attorney who can help them enforce their rights to recover damages to which they are entitled.
Patient Harm Study
According to ProPublica, the organization that conducted the “Voices of Patient Harm” study, participants in the study who reported that they were injured by a medical provider were also injured when that same provider denied any wrongdoing and attempted to cover up the mistake that led to the harm. Of those who were injured, only 13% stated that their caregivers voluntarily disclosed information about the harm. This means that 87% of injured patients were not only struggling to recover from their medical provider’s mistake, but also fighting to have that mistake acknowledged so that they could obtain proper treatment and recover what they had lost.
Patients who responded to the survey stated that they had feelings of “fear, anxiety, anger and depression” after they were injured and much of these feelings stemmed from the fact that a majority of doctors/medical staff neither apologized nor were held accountable for their actions. To put this in perspective, it would be as if someone who was permanently disabled after a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence was unable to recover damages because the other party denied an accident even occurred. The injured party is then forced to fight the wrongdoer and their insurance company in court to obtain relief.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Nobody wants to spend their valuable time embroiled in litigation. However, in some situations it can be the only way to not only recover what is owed, but also to send a message to wrongdoers that their actions will not go unpunished. People make mistakes. The law surrounding incidents of medical malpractice is designed to help an injured patient obtain justice when a mistake turns into stonewalling or denial on the part of the wrongdoer. If you or someone you love has been injured by a medical provider, call the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C today about your options. Our experienced attorneys can help guide you through the process and represent you if necessary to help you on your path to recovery.