Medical Malpractice Coverups Are Illegal, Unethical and Happening All the Time….

Just read a great post by Eric Turkewitz, How Medical Malpractice Gets Covered Up, that discusses an anonymous blog post by an obstetrical nurse who is baring the truth about how malpractice is actively covered up and how medical providers are pressured to cover one another’s butts by not accurately charting what is REALLY going on in a patient’s care. Here’s a clip from the post:

Ever wonder how malpractice gets covered up or why it doesn’t appear in the medical records? Well, an anonymous obstetrical nurse from Pennsylvania opened that little door for us today.

Writing at the blog At Your Cervix (perhaps one of the most creative medical blog names around), she writes how she was reprimanded for documenting in the medical chart the name of a covering doctor that had reviewed the external fetal monitor strip. You read that right: Folks were actually mad at her for being accurate with her notes and writing down in the chart who had reviewed important information regarding the patient.

When I first started handling medical malpractice cases, I was naive enough to believe that no one would ever intentionally alter medical records. Sad to say it occurs quite frequently.

A recent post from my friend, Jim Carroll, a medical malpractice attorney from Athens, PA, highlighted a recent case of altered records from Wilkes-Barre, PA:

A doctor accused of failing to tell a patient she had cancer is now being accused of altering medical records in the case to try to cover up his error. Court papers say Dr. Feroz A. Sheikh altered the records of Margaret Radginski after she filed suit against him late last year. The doctor is accused of altering his records to show that he told his patient that she had cancer a year before the date that he truly told her that she had cancer.

Bad, bad, bad. Why can’t people just play by the rules and not cheat? Well, unfortunately, the answer is that the stakes are so high, both from an economic and career perspective, that medical providers feel the need to cheat to cover their butts at the expense of the truth and their own patients. Sad but true…

Think this is an exaggeration? How about a recent Harvard study that found that 46% of doctors were aware a serious medical error that they did NOT report that error to authorities.

Hmmmm, and people wonder why we talk about the Medical Conspiracy of Silence….

Thanks for reading,

Jim Reed
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About Jim Reed

I am an attorney from Elmira, N.Y. representing people who have been injured by the negligence of others. For more than 20 years, I have practiced in the state and federal courts of both New York and Pennsylvania in the areas of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Legal Malpractice. Circle Jim on Google+! I am proud to be a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Forum membership is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement of One Million Dollars or more. I have been fortunate to recover many multi-million dollar recoveries for my clients. I am also proud of the fact that WETM-TV selected me as their local legal expert. I am featured on the Noon News on Wednesdays when I respond to listeners' legal questions. If you have a legal question, feel free to E-mail it to me at [email protected] and I will be happy to address your question either via E-mail or on WETM. I am a lifelong resident of Elmira where I live with my wife and three children. When I am not working, I can often be found on my bicycle as I am an avid bicycle racer having competed in races all over the country including a 508 mile team race through Death Valley (The Furnace Creek 508) and a 540 mile race through the Cascade Mountains of Oregon (The Race Across Oregon). I have lectured frequently on many law-related topics and I have been published in the New York State Bar Journal, which is the largest and most prestigious legal publication in New York State. I am happy to speak to local civic groups so please feel free to E-mail me at [email protected] or call me at 1-800-Zifflaw (943-3529) .

4 thoughts on “Medical Malpractice Coverups Are Illegal, Unethical and Happening All the Time….

  1. my son suffered broken bones,stroke,bulbar palsy,deprived of oxygen 5 hours after birth by local hospital silence has been deafening. We found out when he was 7 yrs old that he suffered a stroke at birth, it was not documented in the medical records. We were told that we couldn’t prove anything because it had been so long ago, but infact we have proven it and nobody wants to listen to us.
    Medical records have been falsified and a doctor the threatened us not to go legal.
    Local attorneys won’t give us the time of day.
    Can you help with this obvious cover-up?

  2. Sam:

    I am very sorry to hear about your son’s medical difficulties. Having handled many birth trauma cases, I know all too well how devastating these cases can be.

    In what state was your son born? The reason I ask is that I am only admitted to practice law in N.Y. and Pennsylvania. However, even if I am not admitted in your state, I may be able to find another attorney to help you.

    Also, if you could provide more details regarding the malpractice in your son’s case that would be most helpful. I tried to visit your website address listed below but received a message that the account was no longer active.

    Thanks, Jim
    _________________________________________
    James B. Reed, Esq.
    Personal Injury & Malpractice Attorney
    Ziff, Weiermiller, Hayden & Mustico, LLP
    303 William St., Elmira, NY 14902
    Tel. (607) 733-8866 Fax. (607) 732-6062
    Toll Free 1-800-943-3529
    mailto:[email protected] http://www.zifflaw.com

  3. A family member of mine works for a hematologist who is being investigated by the FBI. The doctor has pocketed insurance money that should have been returned due to patients having multiple insurance carriers that all paid in full for a bill. Now the doctor has everyone in the office going through old charts and making up face sheets for every patient and for every chart because all the charts have to be turned over to the government by a certain date. Many charts goes further back than when the employee making the sheet even started working in the office. How should my family member go about reporting this? What can I/she do to stop this without losing her job? (state- Virginia)

  4. Ms. Harrington:

    Although I am not admitted to practice law in Virginia, I suspect Virginia, like PA and N.Y. where I am admitted, has a Department of Health where citizen complaints about medical misconduct can be filed. I just did a quick search and found this site for filing a Complaint: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/En.....laints.htm

    Best of luck to you.

    Jim Reed
    N.Y. and PA Injury and Malpractice Lawyer

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