It is not an easy accomplishment to become a doctor. Years of schooling, late nights, and tons of hard work are put into earning the title. Once achieved, the title is something a doctor would never want to lose.
It is part of who they are and tells you what they have dedicated their life to. This is just one of many reasons why doctors and other medical professionals do their best to avoid admitting any mistakes they may have made.
Lawsuits, Job Loss and a Bad Reputation
Should a doctor be honest about their mistake(s), there is a big chance they will face lawsuits from patients. To be part of a medical malpractice suit could be detrimental to their career, and many doctors do not want to take that risk, especially if they do not feel personally responsible for the mistake.
If a doctor admits to a small mistake, they might end up facing full blame for events that are out of their control. This is another reason why they will not admit to an error. And even though doctors carry medical malpractice insurance or are under coverage from their employer, they will do their best to avoid using it.
Not to mention, admitting to a mistake puts their job at risk. They might end up terminated for admitting their error, and it is not easy to fight termination. A lawyer experienced with employment law might be the only option if they hope to save their job.
Beyond losing their job or facing a lawsuit, a doctor’s reputation could be negatively impacted should they admit to a mistake. There is a trust that exists between a doctor and their patients, and admitting to a mistake puts that in jeopardy. It could lead to the loss of one or even many patients, and also the loss of referrals and new patients.
While a doctor might feel these are good enough reasons to avoid admitting guilt for their mistakes, you should not shy away from holding them responsible. A medical error could greatly impact a patient in a negative or even permanent way. Doctors and other medical professionals should be held accountable for their mistakes.
NJ Medical Malpractice Lawyers Will Fight for You
If you or a loved one has suffered due to an error or the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional, you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. In New Jersey, the medical malpractice lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC have the tools necessary to build you a strong case.
They handle the full gamut of medical malpractice, from surgical and anesthesia errors to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. They will make sure the doctor who did not provide you with the proper standard of medical care is held responsible for their negligence.
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