Should Your New York Doctor Apologize if He or She Makes a Mistake?


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9/9/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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Have you been hurt by medical malpractice? Has your doctor apologized? Do you care if your doctor apologizes? At first glance it may seem unimportant. After all, you have been hurt and the damage is done. What you need is money to pay your medical bills and compensation for your lost income and other damages.

How can an apology help?

A recent article in the American Medical News* suggests that an apology may:
  • Lead doctors to alert patients to potential problems. Sometimes doctors realize a mistake was made before patients do. If a doctor apologizes and offers a solution to the mistake then patients may get the care that they need faster.
  • Remind doctors about the very real human costs of their mistakes and teach them to slow down in the future. When a doctor has to tell a patient, or a patient's family, of the mistake that was made, it can have a substantial deterrent effect and help prevent future mistakes.
  • Help other doctors prevent similar mistakes. Doctors may understand other physicians' mistakes and strive to prevent making the same errors in their own practices.

If you have been hurt by a New York doctor's medical malpractice, you may have the right to recover damages for your injuries. Please contact a New York medical malpractice attorney to discuss your rights, how to proceed with your case, and your potential recovery. You can reach a compassionate and experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for a free consultation.

*Source: Revealing their medical errors: Why three doctors went public, American Medical News, by Kevin B. O'Reilly, August 15, 2011

Category: Medical Malpractice


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