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Malpractice and liability
A family physician expert in malpractice risk prevention describes strategies for reducing liability exposure using lessons drawn from actual malpractice cases.
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.
When a patient suffers from a medical mistake, two words can usher in healing.
You can make things right if you don’t give in to shame, defensiveness and fear.
all the emphasis the malpractice-prevention seminars put on medical records is overblown. Remember that the old family GP kept his records on note cards in a file box and never got sued. The key to preventing suits is the ability to relate to patients.
The authors describe how to respond to roadside and in-flight emergencies and address legal issues that may arise.
When a strep test led to a lawsuit, this physician took the stand in defense of common sense.
When facing the pain of a malpractice lawsuit, physicians need the compassion and support of their colleagues.
The author offers advice on how and when family physicians should apologize to patients, with examples based on multiple scenarios.
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.