Medical News Summary: Medical malpractice lawsuits could be reduced by doctors being willing to apologise and talk to victims


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About: Medical malpractice lawsuits could be reduced by doctors being willing to apologise and talk to victims
Date: 8 November 2004
Source: Associated Press
Author: Lindsey Tanner
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Associated Press): Many believe that malpractice reform legislation should involve doctors saying sorry for their mistakes and being more open about what happened and what they can do to prevent it happening again. Many patients go to the courts to get answers or to prevent reoccurrence. However a man whose wife had a misdiagnosed a brain aneurysm which left her disabled says he would have welcomed an apology but would still have sued. In another case where a heart attack was not diagnosed, doctors refused to talk to the family who turned to the courts to get answers.
URL: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=541&ncid=751&e=9&u=/ap/20041108/ap_on_he_me/sorry_doctors
Related Disease Topics: Heart attack, Brain aneurysm

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