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]

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.

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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