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A secret medical malpractice settlement may hide medical dangers

Most Pittsburgh residents visit their doctors regularly and have a good experience. Most medical providers are skilled professionals who provide good care. But occasionally a medical error can occur like a failure to diagnose cancer or a surgical error. These errors can result in a patient or their family filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. But when a settlement is reached privately, it may lead to others not knowing about the dangers that could remain hidden.

When a person is injured by a medical provider, many times they seek help from a medical malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice attorney is skilled in providing expert advice regarding a person’s injury case.

But before a medical malpractice case is even heard in a courtroom it goes through a discovery phase. This is where the information regarding the injury is discussed between both parties but this information does not get revealed to the public. Because most of these cases are resolved without going to trial, the public is not made aware of the injury and the potential of others to be injured.

Hospitals and medical providers routinely want medical malpractice settlements kept confidential. But when the public is not made aware of the dangers of certain medical providers or hospitals, they can also face the same injury.

If a person believes they have been injured by a medical provider they may want to contact a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records, consult with medical experts and determine what happened to cause the injury.

Source: timesleader.com, “‘Secret settlements’ are contrary to open courts and might hide dangers from public,” David I. Falk, Sept. 16, 2015