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Binghamton Medical Malpractice Lawyer Says Patients, Families Must Speak Up

Published September 14, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Rochester, NY, September 06, 2012 — Binghamton medical malpractice attorney Scott C. Gottlieb said today that a study identifying a culture that discourages medical professionals from questioning superiors underscores the need for patients or their family members to ask questions about medical procedures.

“The hierarchy of medical organizations and the confidence that medical professionals must display inhibits lower-level personnel to the point that they remain silent or they are easily persuaded they are wrong when they see problems,” said Gottlieb.

Gottlieb’s New York personal injury firm has offices in Binghamton and Syracuse and assists medical malpractice victims across the state, including Rochester.

“Increasingly, it is up to patients or their family to advocate for themselves, particularly in a hospital setting,” Gottlieb said.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) said in a recent report that intimidation and disrespect toward lower-level personnel in the health care industry is a longstanding problem that results in cases of medical negligence that could have been avoided.

“However, there’s a less obvious but no less dangerous risk related to the culture that often goes unnoticed until a serious adverse event happens,” the ISMP says. “Staff do speak up about potential concerns, but they are too easily convinced that their concerns are unfounded.”

Gottlieb said such intimidation is worse for patients and their families.

“One of the most heartbreaking things we hear from clients is, ‘I wish I had said something,’” Gottlieb said. “But, as we work hard to assure our clients, it is ultimately the medical professionals’ responsibility to provide proper care.”

If an injury or death that may have been caused by medical error or negligence has already occurred, the patient or family members should contact an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer, Gottlieb said.

“Medical malpractice lawyers are highly trained and not intimidated by a medical degree,” Gottlieb said. “We will ask the hard questions of each and every medical professional or technician involved in a case until we are satisfied that our concerns have been addressed.”

About Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, handles all types of personal injury and motor vehicle accident cases, including cases involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and boats. The firm also represents clients in actions for wrongful death, cancer misdiagnosis, dog bites, hunting accidents, birth injuries, brain injuries, construction accidents, fall down injuries and insurance settlements. The firm regularly employs accident reconstruction experts, investigators, photographers and economists to assist in evaluating and preparing personal injury cases. In 2008, the firm reached the $100-million mark in combined lifetime verdicts and settlements. The firm features offices in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown. For more information, call (800) Talk-Law or use the firm’s online contact form.

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