Are Apologies Enough for Victims of Medical Malpractice?

by | Jan 13, 2013 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

When a Cleveland patient is seriously injured by his or her doctor, he
or she likely wants to know what happened; what the doctor did or failed
to do that resulted in such a serious injury. In many cases, the patient
would also like an apology for the medical malpractice. Both of these
situations would require the physician or surgeon to take some time to
meet with and talk to a patient, but that is something that many doctors
are unwilling to do.

One of the reasons they won’t meet with their former patients is
because they don’t want what they say to be used against them in
court. So, some people who want to change the medical malpractice system
want to make doctors’ apologies something that can’t be used
in court during a malpractice lawsuit. The problem, of course, is that
many times an apology is just not enough.

Imagine going to the doctor’s because you are in severe pain. While
there, the doctor performs an exam and declares that you are fine. What
he or she misses is that you have a serious illness that, after you return
home, causes serious and permanent damage. You are left with life-long
medical conditions that will need constant care and force you onto disability
benefits. Now, if the doctor apologizes for his or her mistake it won’t
be enough to pay for your care for the rest of your life.

One of the reasons why medical malpractice lawsuits are for such large
amounts of money in Ohio is because follow-up medical care and treatment
to correct a medical mistake is costly. In these kinds of situations,
it is important to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney
who can seek compensation to pay for a victim’s future care.


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