Q How Can I Avoid a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Although some medical malpractice cases are unavoidable; however, there are ways you can help yourself from receiving one. According to a study conducted by RAND, by the age of 45, 36 percent of low-risk specialty physicians, and 88 percent of high-risk physicians are likely to have one medical malpractice claim against them.
So here are three tips on how to avoid filing a medical malpractice claim:
1. Healthy Doctor-Patient Relationship
This means you and your doctor must communicate. Electric Medical Certification.com states the largest cause of medical malpractice cases occurs because of a lack of communication. Listen to your patient and ask them questions.
Dealing with a lawyer in a medical malpractice case is stressful. And at the end of the day, it's not the lawyer who is suing you, it's the patient. So as soon as your patient walks through the door work on creating a healthy bond with them so they will feel listened to and trust you. Make sure, to be honest with them at all times to avoid a medical malpractice lawsuit.
2. Have Proper Documentation
Healthy relationships, paired with communication are important, but you must have keeping documentation is just as important. Keeping a record of events might come in handy if you ever need to recount a scenario. Documenting events is not something doctors are unfamiliar with; however, there are ways they can drastically improve their record keeping:
- Write legibly
- Include the date and time of all notes
- Sign every entry
- Identify the people
- Keep note of advice given, decisions, patient's related issues, and instructions
- If you are not sure as to whether or not you should document something, document it.
3. Inform Your Patient of Expectations of Treatment
Make every treatment option and ALL the potential outcomes of each known to your patient. Explain why you plan to assess their situation in the way you want to assess it. Unrealistic expectations held on the patient's end can leave them feeling as if you failed them. Clear and honest--even being brutally honesty--is always the best way to address your patient's health issues.