Healthcare organizations often find themselves trying to uphold two very different and sometimes conflicting duties: informing the public of mistakes and protecting themselves from legal liability. Companies do not want to be held liable for mistakes that they may not have been able to control, but withholding the information from the public can sometimes make matters worse. When patients are put at risk because a healthcare organization fails to inform them of a problem or crucial information, the company may be found to be acting negligently.
A healthcare organization may withhold important information from a patient or the public for a number of reasons. They may know of a health risk associated with a product, but may choose to ignore the problem and hope it doesn’t become public knowledge. In other cases, a patient may suffer an injury from medical malpractice, but the healthcare organization may decline to inform the patient or his or her family so that the company is not held responsible. In any of these cases the company may be liable.
A patient or family member who discovers withheld information that caused harm or put the public at risk may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the negligent company. The healthcare organization may be responsible for not admitting a mistake or releasing health risk information and may be held liable for any resulting injuries or damages. The patients and their families can use a lawsuit to hold the negligent party accountable and to fight for their right to financial compensation.
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Declining to release key health risk information or mistakes to the public can lead to major lawsuits against the offending institution. For information on how we can help you pursue compensation from a negligent healthcare organization, contact the healthcare organization lawsuit attorneys of the Burk Law Firm, P.C. today by calling 512-306-9828.