ProPublica recently published an interview with a retired doctor who admitted he lied under oath during a medical malpractice lawsuit twenty years ago.
According to the doctor, he was lying to protect a colleague who had made a horrific surgery mistake. The mistake caused a stroke that left the patient permanently brain damaged. Attorneys representing the patient called in the doctor to comment on the competency and skill of the surgeon responsible for harming the patient. His dishonest testimony influenced the decision of the jury. Instead of siding with the victim, who was left permanently brain damaged, the jury sided with his colleague.
There are also cases of hospitals falsifying medical records, but many of these attempts will be caught during the discovery phase of a lawsuit. For example, a hospital in South Carolina was recently ordered to pay $87,000 in attorney fees and legal costs after it provided altered medical records and false testimony during a medical malpractice trial.
Should You File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Hospitals and doctors are more likely to not tell the truth to patients if they are harmed. This why patients or their families should contact an attorney if they suspect a medical mistake has caused injuries or death.
What these cases do show, is that it is important to pick a medical malpractice attorney who has seen everything. An experienced attorney will catch discrepancies in paperwork and other medical records.
At Shapiro Law Group, we work with medical professionals to help patients and their families. Our Tampa Bay medical malpractice attorneys will work tirelessly to hold hospitals and doctors accountable for errors.