Medical Malpractice and Legal Issues Perspective

 
 
  • A Hospital Gets Sued for Keeping a Patient Alive   Hospital clinicians who don't follow a patient's advance healthcare directive are at risk of being sued.
  • Physicians React: Life After a Lawsuit Many doctors who get sued experience emotional stress that lasts a lifetime. A recent Medscape article featuring five doctors who were sued prompted a lively discussion among our readers.
  • What It's Like to Be Sued A lawsuit, merited or not, is an inescapable black cloud hanging over the physician's head.
  • When Patients Refuse Lifesaving Care A neurologist and bioethicist discuss the ethical and financial quandary of patients who refuse lifesaving care.
  • Death Row Doctoring: The Dicey Medical Ethics of Prison Executions Dr Seema Yasmin explores the often shrouded involvement of physicians in modern prison executions and the sordid track record of putting people to death.
  • Malpractice Dangers in the Patient Handoff Costly malpractice suits occur and patient safety may be compromised when patients are handed off from one physician's care to another. How can you prevent this from happening?
  • More States Limit Damage Awards Cap will attract more doctors, supporters say; attorney fractures her leg, then loses her voice; Uncle Sam forced to pay mega-award.
  • Cannabis Testing: Sometimes Less Is More   Do we know enough about the effects and metabolism of cannabis to interpret lab values meaningfully?
  • Best Places to Practice to Avoid Burnout When deciding where to practice, there are many factors for physicians to consider to help themselves avoid stress and burnout.
  • Five Doctors Tell 'How I Survived After Being Sued' For a physician, getting sued for malpractice is extremely personal. Physicians who were sued describe the range of emotions they felt, and how it changed their lives and the way they view patients.
  • Doctors and Marriage: Should You Have a Prenup? Love is powerful, yet marriage always involves some element of risk. Can you protect your finances and your practice in the event of a divorce and still start off a marriage on the right foot?
  • 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.