Medical Malpractice and Legal Issues Perspective

 
 
  • Physicians and Lawyers Disagree Over Tort Reform Physicians and lawyers are at odds; triple amputee collects big damage award; restricting lawsuits to employed doctors.
  • 'Fear Not, This Is Normal': Advice for Young Doctors We collected advice for young doctors from contributors and users. Here is a sample of what they had to say.
  • Hidden Dangers in Your Employment Contract You're about to sign a contract for a wonderful position. Although every clause may appear to be reasonable, you may be missing critical details that can lead to problems. Here are some common traps.
  • Considering Dating a Patient? Proceed With Caution Most doctors consider it foolhardy to initiate a romantic relationship with a patient, for a number of reasons. But more and more of their colleagues think it's acceptable under certain circumstances.
  • Saying You're Sorry Might Not Cut It Fess up or clam up? A study weighs in; internist leads liability reform effort; physician carries taint of mega award.
  • The AHCA and the Primary Care Wish List   Does the proposed American Health Care Act meet the principles established by organized medicine?
  • Physician-Assisted Dying: The Antithesis of Medicine, Says Doc   Bioethicist Art Caplan speaks with a physician who argues that physician-assisted death is exactly what medicine should not do.
  • Should You Help Depressed People End Their Lives?   As more states move to legalize physician-assisted dying, which patients should be granted their last wish is the subject of heated debate. The European experience is problematic, an ethicist notes.
  • Does the Fear of Being Sued Promote Quality? A long-held malpractice/defensive medicine belief is scrutinized.
  • 50 Shades of Malpractice Malpractice cases range from crazy to shocking to sad to frustrating. Here are some of the most notorious cases from each of our 50 states.
  • APRNs: 'What Level of Malpractice Insurance Do I Need?' An APRN who is working as an RN asks the question, but the answer applies to any nurse.
  • Binding Arbitration Gets Shot Down State high court shoots down an arbitration agreement; a good deal for injured patients may soon disappear; court allows details of mega-settlement to become public.
  • The Black Cloud of Deportation and Stress in Immigrant Children Stress in immigrant children is real, and a threat to their health. What can pediatricians do to reduce it?
  • Can an APRN Take a Job as an RN? An APRN wants to know whether it's OK to work as an RN.
  • Should Doctors Lie to Protect a Colleague? A retired surgeon recently admitted he wasn't truthful under oath 15 years ago in a case involving his colleague. Was his behavior typical for physicians? Was it justifiable? Our readers weigh in.
  • Why Doctors Need to Be Gutsy Physicians are overwhelmed by regulations and requirements, and it's likely to continue until docs stand up and express their dissatisfaction, says this internist.
  • Malpractice in the Management of Small Bowel Obstruction Dr Lowenfels comments on a 33-year review of malpractice lawsuits arising from patients diagnosed with small bowel obstruction, published in the journal Surgery.
  • Keeping 'Mum' About Mistakes In a recent survey, a significant number of physicians said they wouldn't necessarily reveal mistakes to patients. What do their peers think?
  • Gripping Interview: How One Addicted Doctor Recovered   Cheryl Karcher, MD, was a prominent dermatologist when she was publicly 'outed' as an addict. In this interview, she talks about her recovery, her return to a successful practice, and what keeps her clean.
  • Do Medical Technicians 'Need to Know' Patient Health Info? Is it a HIPAA violation to share patient health information with medical technicians who work with patients? Do they really 'need to know'?