How Often Do Doctors Take Responsibility for Their Mistakes of Their Own Volition?

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Shapiro Law Group

A study done by professor of surgery Dr. Marty Makary was published last week and found that most health institutions are less than forthcoming when it comes to mistakes made on the operating table. Based on responses from 236 patients who completed the survey, the major findings were as follows:

  • 9 percent of patients reported being informed of their doctor’s mistakes without having to ask.
  • Nine percent of patients reported having to pressure doctors to admit to harm.
  • 11 percent received an apology from harmful doctors.
  • Over 30 percent had to pay an average of $14,024 as a direct result of harm.

The survey had limited reach and involved a selection of volunteer subjects, so definitive conclusions should not be drawn from these results. However, the results do provide a framework for preventing these medical accidents from occurring.


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Richard M. Shapiro founded the Shapiro Law Group to offer quality representation to victims of medical malpractice. The healthcare industry has an enormous amount of capital to throw behind their employees in the event of a lawsuit, and Richard has never seen a medical professional admit fault, even in cases where fault is blatantly obvious to everyone else. Because of this, he wants to represent you. If you suspect that you have been a victim of medical malpractice, don’t hesitate to contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro Law Group for a free consultation.

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