Sunday, 16 of December of 2018

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Study Shows When Doctors Admit to Mistakes, Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Decrease

By Jim Lewis, Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Virginia

Recently, while having lunch with a friend. I was told his son was having unexplained fevers and sickness. He took him to a number of specialists and the only thing the doctors could figure out was that the boy had extreme allergies. All the other tests came back negative.

I sympathized with his frustration, but thought about how sometimes, as patients, we expect doctors to be superhuman robots, incapable of making mistakes. The truth is that doctors are human and capable of making mistakes just like us. But when they make a mistake, it can be a matter of life or death, as opposed to, let’ say, a botched finance report. This doesn’t mean doctors should have a free pass when they make an error, especially if it was due to negligence and preventable.

The National Academy of Sciences estimates there are approximately 98,000 medical malpractice deaths each year.  Hearst Newspapers released a study indicating roughly 200,000 people die each year due to preventable medical mistakes. This loss of life is unacceptable and the doctors, nurses, and physicians who caused these medical errors need to be held accountable.

What many doctors may not realize is that a simply apology can go a long way. In fact, a new study reports that doctors who admit making medical mistakes are actually sued less. As strange as it seems, the study showed that most good doctors say that admitting a mistake and apologizing to patients is the ethical thing to do. Patients appreciated the doctor being humble enough to say he was wrong. Patients were able to concentrate on their health as they moved on with treatment.

Some doctors worry if they admit fault, they could expose themselves to a medical malpractice lawsuit. These are the same doctors that falsify tests, lie to the patients’ families and deny wrongdoing even in the face of glaring evidence. It is these doctors the public needs to be wary of. If doctors try to hide their mistakes, then lawsuits may be the only way to bring attention to their poor performance and questionable track record.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law and our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases, which includes hospital/doctor mistakes, and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free, initial consultations so give us a call at 1-800-752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, please leave a message and we will return your call promptly. Also be sure to check out our free special reports on the Top 10 Tips from a Medical Malpractice Insider and the top 5 surgical errors you must know about. Our primary office in based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) and we also have a North Carolina (NC) law office.  Our lawyers hold licenses in NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service.

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Negligence at South Carolina (SC) Rehab Hospital Causes Patient to Develop Severe Bedsores

A jury has ruled in favor a woman who brought a medical negligence and malpractice suit against a nursing home she alleged failed to provide a minimum standard of care to her paralyzed husband, causing him to develop near-fatal bedsores.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Medical Malpractice Attorney

A South Carolina (SC) jury has ruled in favor a woman who brought a medical negligence and malpractice suit against a nursing home she alleged failed to provide a minimum standard of care to her paralyzed husband. According to trial testimony summarized in The (Columbia, SC) State, Vernon Sulton developed bedsores, including one “the size of a saucer plate,” while lying on his back for weeks at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in the Palmetto State’s capital city.

Sulton had been admitted to the rehab hospital after being paralyzed from his chest down by a gunshot. Skin damage and a severe infection resulting from the bedsores — which doctors and nurses often call a pressure sores – required Sulton to wear a colostomy bag and undergo numerous reparative surgeries. He has since died from causes unrelated to the bedsores and their complications.

Jurors awarded Sulton’s widow $4 million in actual damages and $8 million in punitive damages. At least some of that verdict will be reduced because South Carolina, like Virginia (VA) and many other states, has a cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases.

Nurses and physical therapists have a duty to regularly reposition bed-bound hospital patients to prevent bedsores. When they fail to do so, and when doctors fail to make sure patients get turned, the results can be further debilitating or even deadly. I’m pleased to see that the members of the South Carolina jury held the health professionals accountable for the mistakes in providing proper care for a a paralyzed patient.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law and our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases, which includes hospital/doctor mistakes, and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. In addition, check out our FREE special reports on the Top 10 Tips from a Medical Malpractice Insider and the top 5 surgical errors you must know about. Our primary office in based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) and we also have a North Carolina (NC) law office. Our lawyers hold licenses in NC, SC, WV, KY and DC. We are ready to talk to you by phone right now. While we do not accept every case, we provide free initial confidential injury case consultations. So call us toll free at (800) 752-0042. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard Eastern Shore Virginia Injury Attorneys Blog and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono public information services.