How to Survive a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
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How to Survive a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit : The Physician's Roadmap for Success

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Everyone seeks to avoid getting into a lawsuit, but what do you do if this does happen? Getting sued for medical malpractice is one of the most traumatic events of a physician's career. This text will guide doctors and physicians through the process from the moment they receive a summons until the after-trial appeal process. * Containing valuable information that physicians need to know to prevent making critical mistakes that can hurt their case * With strategies explained to maximize their chances of a defendant's verdict. * Including vital information on how to change your attorney, act at the deposition and dress for court, Navigating through what is a mysterious and terrifying process in non-legalese language that is easy to understand including what makes patients angry, strategies for coping, sample questions and tips on answering them to what happens in court and how to continue if there is a bad outcome.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 143 x 216 x 10mm | 230g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444331302
  • 9781444331301
  • 756,878

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Getting sued for medical malpractice is one of the most traumatic events of a physician's career.

This book will guide physicians through the process, from the moment they receive a summons until the after-trial appeal process;



Author Ilene R. Brenner, M.D. arms the reader with strategies to maximize their chances of a defendant's verdict.



How To Survive a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit:

Contains valuable information that health care providers need to know to prevent making critical mistakes that can hurt their case. Includes guidance on vital topics such as conflicts of interest, decisions to settle, how to change your attorney, and optimizing your deposition and cross-examination performance. Provides critical material to help prevent a lawsuit, how to cope with the emotional strain, with many sample deposition and cross examination questions and tips on answering them, plus detailed descriptions on the in-court process such as when to show up for court, how a jury is picked, and how to dress appropriately

Navigate through what is a mysterious and terrifying process with a medical malpractice survival book written by a doctor for doctors in non-legalese language that is easy to understand.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments. Foreword. Introduction. Section 1: The long road to trial. 1 You've been served! Now what? Questions to ask your insurer about your policy. What are the options if your employer purchases your insurance policy and dictates the terms? When and how to report a claim. A few pitfalls to avoid after you ve been sued. 2 What is medical malpractice? The criteria of physician legally defined malpractice. EMTALA issues. Complaints to the medical board. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). 3 How to choose an attorney. Questions to ask your attorney. Conflicts of Interest. Problems with the Hospital as co-defendant. How do you change your attorney? 4 Coping with a medical malpractice lawsuit. Kubler-Ross five stages of grief. Maslow five stages of needs. Strategies for coping. 5 Before the deposition. Differences between federal and state court. Addressing the complaint. The discovery phase begins. Meeting with your attorney. The in-house physician review. 6 Nail the deposition. Preparing for the deposition. Dealing with co-defendant issues. General deposition rules and tips. Sample question and answer scenarios. 7 All about experts. Expert qualifications. Daubert rules regarding medical expert testimony. The defense expert. The plaintiff 's expert. Using the plaintiff 's expert to help your case. What if their expert is lying? 8 Pretrial countdown. Reviewing your deposition. Motions to dismiss the case. Should you settle your case? Preparing for trial. 9 The trial. Rules to follow when in court, e.g. How you should dress. Jury selection. The cross-examination with tips and question and answer scenarios. Jury Deliberation. Damages. 10 What to do if you lose. What are the steps to getting an appeal? Can you get your attorney to file an appeal? Settling in lieu of an appeal. Section 2: An ounce of prevention. 11 Why doctors get sued. Bad outcome. Should you apologize? What makes patients angry? Methods to prevent patients from becoming angry. 12 Communication Issues. Effective communication. Foreign language issues. Informed consent. 13 Good documentation makes a difference. Documentation of Informed Consent. Destroy your diary or patient log before you get sued. Be aware of your electronic footprint. 14 Liability risk with the use of physician extenders. Vicarious Liability. How should you run your practice? 15 Hospital issues. Peer Review. Hospital Privileges. Risk Management: Does it help you? The Against Medical Advice (A.M.A.) form. Suspension of privileges. 16 Summary. Appendix A Expert qualification requirements vary by state. Appendix B Arbitration mediation and pretrial screening panels. Appendix C Collateral source reform. Appendix D I'm Sorry Laws. Glossary. Index.
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" This excellent and thorough book on malpractice should be on every practicing physician's bookshelves." (Doody's, 2 March 2012)
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About Ilene R. Brenner

Ilene R. Brenner, MD, Adjunct Professor, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
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