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Why would doctors lie about medical errors?

Medical providers in the Houston area have a duty to offer the best medical care possible to their patients. Patients who need medical care have the right to expert care that is comprehensive and accurate. Most of the time doctors are able to accomplish this task. But, occasionally a medical mistake occurs that puts the life of a patient at risk. Occasionally doctors who perform a medical error lie about it, putting at risk the life of another patient.

When a doctor lies about his history and medical mistakes he has made, unsuspecting patients can be put at risk. So why would a doctor lie about his past? There is a deeply embedded culture in the medical community to hide mistakes. One reason may be the fear of the unknown. Doctors may think they will lose their job or their insurance coverage. In addition, the traditional way of dealing with a mistake would be to keep it to themselves, and their colleagues, and not share with the family that something went wrong. Changing this mindset in doctors will take some doing, but there are programs that are focusing on communication and sharing information with families and other doctors. There is a new way to deal with medical errors and learning from each other.

When a patient suffers from a medical error they can be angry and upset wondering what happened. Medical errors happen to thousands of Americans each year and cause unexpected serious injuries and even death. If a person believes they may have been the victim of a medical mistake, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future medical expenses and other damages.

Changing the medical culture to help doctors communicate among themselves and their patients is something that all medical providers should be working towards. Patients who are injured by a medical mistake have legal rights that they are entitled to.

Source: healthleadersmedia.com, "Why doctors lie about medical errors", Debra Beaulieu, Oct. 6, 2016

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