These apology programs may leave patients uninformed about the full extent of the losses they may suffer as a result of their injuries, potentially influencing them to accept less than the full amount of compensation which they may need.
Scranton, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) May 09, 2012
At Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., our Scranton medical malpractice lawyers want to discuss and highlight the recent development and increasing popularity of “medical apology programs,” which several states have already adopted. These programs require doctors or other medical professionals who have caused injuries to their patients because of negligent or reckless care to apologize to them and, in some circumstances, to offer them compensation for their losses. Advocates of these programs argue that they are useful for ensuring that patients receive the just treatment they deserve and because they can help to lower overall healthcare costs.
While there are some benefits to medical apology programs, they may also cause a number of different problems and concerns. For one, in many of these programs, doctors are required to consult with risk managers before considering offering an apology to a patient. More importantly, though, these apology programs may leave patients uninformed about the full extent of the losses they may suffer as a result of their injuries, potentially influencing them to accept less than the full amount of compensation which they may need.
Apology programs are important for establishing a sense of trust and communication between injured patients and their medical service providers. However, it is also important that patients’ rights be given the full legal protection that they deserve. Unfortunately, many advocates of apology programs have suggested that these programs can act as a substitute for medical malpractice suits, which may lead to an erosion of the legal protections patients currently enjoy.
The Scranton medical malpractice attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., understand how difficult recovering from a medical error can be, and are prepared to represent those whose injuries were caused by negligence or recklessness on the part of a medical professional.
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