On the surface, apology laws sound humane. Disclosing medical errors to patients, along with apologies and offers of compensation, seems like the right thing to do. In return for admitting their mistakes, doctors would receive a waiver that their apology could not be used against them in court. But what seems like a win-win situation for patients and doctors puts injured victims at a considerable disadvantage. The fact is apology laws are tort reforms that manipulate, mislead, and exploit victims.