Michigan Doctors May Be Able to Say "I'm Sorry"

Side Note: Here at MyMedicalMalpracticeInsurance.com, it kills us that physicians are often compelled not to say that they’re sorry to patients when errors occur –especially when doing so often avoids med mal litigation and it is what the physicians want to do. Finally, Michigan physicians may not have to worry that saying, “I’m sorry,” is an admission of guilt. A new bill, introduced by Senator Jim Marleau, says that saying “I’m sorry,” can no longer be considered an admission of guilt in civil lawsuits –provided that the physician doesn’t also admit guilt. If this law passes, Michigan will join 35 other states that have such laws. That would make 14 states to go.

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Apologies May Prevent Medical Lawsuits
Posted: Jan 28, 2011 1:44 PM CST
From Wlns.com by Stacia Mullaney

“I’m sorry-” it’s a phrase that could soon mean fewer medical malpractice lawsuits. Under a new state bill health care professionals would be allowed to say ‘I’m sorry’ when a procedure goes wrong, without it being an admission of guilt. Doctors say it’s a step in the right direction. We all make mistakes, but when doctors do, it’s not as easy for them to say I’m sorry.

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