Doctors Often Do Not Tell Patients of Medical Mistakes Made by Colleagues

by Staff Blogger | November 14th, 2013

November 14, 2013

When the negligence of a healthcare provider leads to patients being harmed, victims may have a right to seek compensation for damages and losses the mistakes caused. However, the Roanoke Medical Malpractice Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain that one of the steps in that process is proving that a doctor made an error in care.

This is often achieved through testimony from expert witnesses, such as other doctors with the same practice area. Finding a doctor to give such testimony can sometimes prove to be difficult. A study published in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine showed that many doctors routinely observe their peers making mistakes and errors in patient care, but do or say nothing about it.

Research has shown as many as 440,000 patients per year are the victims of a preventable medical mistake and at least half of all doctors surveyed identified at least one of these errors made by a colleague each day. Very few claimed to tell patients of these errors though. Experts say that ignoring medical errors can often result in negligent patient care and the need for an attorney to advocate on behalf of the victim.

Skolrood Law Firm’s Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the complexities involved with filing a claim due to a medical mistake and suggest anyone who has been harmed while under a doctor’s care discuss their legal rights with an attorney.