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Will a doctor tell you if medical malpractice occurred?
Jan Hinson is an attorney with the Law Offices of Jan V. Hinson. She has over 20 years of legal experience and she has offices in Greenville, South Carolina, and Alpharetta, Georgia. In this Quick Question, she explains that doctors are trained not to admit when malpractice occurs. The best way to find out if the doctor committed malpractice is to speak with an attorney.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-364-0226 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
It’s important to remember that the majority of doctors are highly trained professionals who enter the field of medicine in order to help people. That being said, like in any field, mistakes do happen. When mistakes occur in medicine, the consequences can be serious and patients have the right to an explanation regarding their health condition.
However, this can be tricky to obtain when insurance companies get involved and put pressure on doctors to avoid saying anything which could potentially implicate them in a new or worsened condition. Some signs that medical malpractice have occurred may include a reticence of your medical team to discuss a particular operation or medical treatment with you, resistance when you request a copy of your medical records, and any post-treatment symptoms that seem out of line with the typical symptoms of another patient in the same situation.
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or surgeon, or healthcare facility, such as a clinic, hospital, or emergency room, does not exercise a proper standard of care, which results in the serious injury or death of a patient. This may include new or worsened injuries.
Common types of medical malpractice include doctor errors or negligence, infections, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, delay in diagnosis, and even surgical errors such as operating on the wrong body part or leaving objects in the body after surgery. It’s easy to see that the consequences of medical malpractice can be lasting or even permanent, so it is important to address the issue immediately if you suspect malpractice has occurred.
All doctors are required to have insurance that protects them in the event of a medical mistake. However, there is often a pressure put on policyholders to make less of a situation than reality would indicate. The companies that ensure doctors may try to convince the doctor from discussing your situation with you if it could indicate any evidence of malpractice.
This is why it’s a good idea to contact a medical malpractice attorney if you fear that a new or worsened injury might have occurred due to medical malpractice. These attorneys know how to communicate with doctors and insurance companies to get to the root of the matter in order to obtain the help their clients need. It may help to note that most medical malpractice attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t be required to pay for their services unless/until they win your case.
To learn more, contact Jan Hinson directly by calling 888-364-0226 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Will a doctor tell me if I've suffered medical malpractice? We asked Georgia attorney Jan Hinson in this AskTheLawyers.com Quick Question.
Doctors are wonderful people and they go into their professions to help people, that's what they do, but mistakes are made. And the doctor is going to be counseled by their insurance company, they all have insurance, they're going to be counseled not to be talking to you about the mistakes that they even know they made. So the best plan for you is to consult with an attorney who represents people who've been harmed by medical mistakes.
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