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How peer pressure could impact North Carolina patients

While it is impossible to know how often a doctor will lie to protect a colleague, there is evidence to suggest it does happen. Studies have shown that medical professionals don't like telling patients if a mistake occurs while health care providers are unlikely to speak up if something seems out of place. According to statements given to ProPublica, medical professionals fear retaliation if safety issues are made public.

One man who says that he lied on the witness stand during a medical malpractice trial has spoken out about his experience. Although it is not clear if his testimony played a role in the jury's decision to acquit the doctor, he says that it still haunts him today. The case took place roughly 20 years ago, and the man testified that he hadn't known his colleague's work to be substandard.

However, he admitted that he had concerns about that doctor's skill level. The witness in that case said that lying was considered normal as it could keep attorneys from bringing lawsuits against other doctors. He also said in his interview with ProPublica that doctors were pressured to support their colleagues and he only came out because he was retired.

To be successful in a lawsuit grounded upon medical professional negligence, a plaintiff must have suffered harm and that it was caused by the failure of a health care practitioner or facility to exhibit the requisite standard of care. In order to demonstrate the latter component, a plaintiff's attorney will attempt to obtain the opinions of one or more medical experts.

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