Doctors Cover for Other Doctors.
Time after time, clients come to us because they know something was done wrong and all of the doctors and nurses are “acting weird” around them. What has happened is that a doctor committed malpractice and all of the doctors and nurses at the hospital know it – but nobody tells the patient.
We even get clients who come to us because a doctor or nurse told them to “get a lawyer” – sometimes even mentioning us by name. But when we call that doctor or nurse, they aren’t willing to say anything.
Why do doctors and nurses cover up malpractice? Why is there such a “conspiracy of silence?”
It Takes a Brave Doctor to Testify Against Another Local Doctor
The problem is that in any medical community in Arkansas – even Little Rock – the doctors all know each other. They work at the same few hospitals. Their kids go to the same private schools. Their wives are in the same clubs.
A doctor who testifies against another local doctor is going to be punished and shunned. Nobody will trust him. Nobody will send him referrals. Nobody will want to work with him to treat a patient for fear that he will “betray” another doctor by telling the patient about malpractice.
As a result, most doctors won’t testify against other doctors in the same community, even when it’s obvious that medical malpractice has occurred.
Doctors are threatened from all sides of the medical community when it comes to testifying in medical malpractice cases. Even if they want to come forward, they’re threatened by their colleagues, their insurance companies, and the hospitals where they practice. This “conspiracy of silence” affects patients all day, every day: doctors cover for other doctors, patients are lied to about medical malpractice that happened to them or loved ones, records are lost or altered, nurses are threatened with termination if they come forward. And good doctors don’t testify against bad ones.
The Truth of the Matter
Just as it takes a strong doctor to face those threats and come forward to testify regardless, it takes a good medical malpractice lawyer to find those doctors, obtain and sift through the details of your case, and get to the truth.
At Polewski & Associates, we have over 25 years of experience handling medical malpractice cases. Contact Polewski & Associates today to set up your free initial consultation – together, we’ll get to the truth: 501-404-0062.