One of the blogs I visit on occasion, Belligerati, commented on a new trend in medicine: apologizing for error as a preventative for potential lawsuits.
What fine news!
The key to the success of the apology is the legal barring of the apology as the basis for a lawsuit. This permits a doctor to make the human expression of compassion, together with the confession that the outcome was less than what was hoped or even an outright error--something other than an implicit invitation to sue.
There may be some drawbacks in the fine print, but this is exactly the sort of legislation that may help reign in some of the absurdities forced on society by the legal profession.