Malpractice and liability

July/August 2012 Issue
How to Reduce Your Malpractice Risk [Feature]

A family physician expert in malpractice risk prevention describes strategies for reducing liability exposure using lessons drawn from actual malpractice cases.

January/February 2010 Issue
The More Things Change [Opinion]

Referring to a 1903 book on medical practice management, the author argues that physicians faced challenges 100 years ago that are startlingly similar to today's problems -- threats to primary care, inadequate income, scheming lawyers and more.

January/February 2010 Issue
The Power of Apology [The Last Word]

When a patient suffers from a medical mistake, two words can usher in healing.

Mar-Apr 2009 Issue
Five Ways to Respond to a Medical Mistake [The Last Word]

You can make things right if you don’t give in to shame, defensiveness and fear.

Sep-Oct 2008 Issue
Patient History and Malpractice Defense [Opinion]

Good records can help defend against a meritless malpractice suit, but it takes more than good records to prevent one.

Apr 2008 Issue
What You Need to Know When Called Upon to Be a Good Samaritan [Feature]

The authors describe how to respond to roadside and in-flight emergencies and address legal issues that may arise.

Feb 2008 Issue
Defending the Real Standard of Care [The Last Word]

When a strep test led to a lawsuit, this physician took the stand in defense of common sense.

Nov-Dec 2007 Issue
Aiding the Wounded Among Us [The Last Word]

When facing the pain of a malpractice lawsuit, physicians need the compassion and support of their colleagues.

Jul-Aug 2007 Issue
The Art of Apology: When and How to Seek Forgiveness [Feature]

The author offers advice on how and when family physicians should apologize to patients, with examples based on multiple scenarios.

May 2007 Issue
How High-Low Agreements Work in a Malpractice Case [Feature]

The article explains high/low agreements, which are legal maneuvers designed to protect defendants from unaffordable jury verdicts and guarantee the plaintiff a minimally acceptable payment. Such agreements blend jury decisions with aspects of out-of-court settlements by setting upper and lower settlement amounts based upon a jury's decision, at the same time placing the determination of whether or not a payment will be made outside of the jury's control.

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