Doctors should be relieved to know that most medical malpractice cases are settled out of court.
However, medical malpractice cases can still be very costly and time-consuming. Here are three tips to help you avoid a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If a mistake has occurred during a procedure, tell the patient. Apologize for the mistake. According to FierceHealthcare, if a patient feels as if a doctor cares about them, they are less likely to sue. Michael R Marks, M.D., an orthopedic spine surgeon practicing in Connecticut states, "Patients sue because they feel deserted, devalued or that they have not been given the complete answers for what's going on." Marks told Diagnostic Imaging about a former partner who had a patient that experienced a bad outcome due to a procedure. His former partner referred the patient to another health center for proper treatment and checked on him weekly. The patient did no sue the doctor.
Check Your Documentation
Make sure your electronic health record documentation is correct. Medical malpractice lawsuits can arise when this information is not right. Ericka Adler, a regulatory transactional healthcare lawyer in Chicago, advises that doctors review patient's record complete before prescribing medication or administrating tests.
Be Prepared for a Lawsuit
Even if you do all the right things, you should never assume you are in the clear. Always be prepared for the worst.