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Medical Malpractice Case Punishes the Whistleblowers

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A recent medical malpractice case involving a doctor in Texas ended up getting the nurses who reported him fired from their jobs and facing possible prison sentences. It’s been reported that the nurses sent patient medical records directly to the Texas Medical Board about the lack of care that the doctor’s patients were receiving from him. They were not granted permission by the patients involved but they felt that the misconduct needed to be reported to the Board anonymously, and only patient record numbers were used. The original complaint which involved a concern for patient safety has turned against the very people who were trying to right a wrong. This case shows how difficult it can be to succeed with a malpractice case against a physician. The tactics used by the defense attorneys will make anyone second guess whether or not a wrongdoing should be reported, and that’s just not right.

This article was written by Chip Permar

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