Medical Malpractice and Legal Issues Perspective

 
 
  • Does Tort Reform Affect Patient Care?; More The role of tort reform in patient care; grieving parents reach settlement with VA; medical malpractice boundary set in case involving deaf student; quadruple amputee argues to exceed state damages cap.
  • Should Doctors Help People Die Just Because They're Elderly?   A Canadian couple in their 90s recently passed away together under Canada's law that permits physician-assisted dying. An ethics expert explains why this was wrong.
  • Malpractice: The Perils of One-Way Communications Relying on email, faxes, and voicemails to discuss critical cases and test results can lead to a malpractice lawsuit. This malpractice case illustrates why physicians need to place more emphasis on talking to each other.
  • Malpractice Risks When Refilling Prescriptions Some physicians assume that patients will remember their advice or follow drug label warnings. This case illustrates why physicians need to monitor patients' use of drugs during the refill process.
  • Are We Comfortable With This Physician in the White House? Serious charges were leveled against Ronny Jackson, MD. The question is, how do we feel about him staying on as physician to the President?
  • Beware of the Agreeable, Noncompliant Patient Many physicians are caught off guard when they face a malpractice lawsuit from a seemingly agreeable patient whom they have known for years. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?
  • Plastic Surgeon Allegedly Watched Porn While Operating; More Bizarre video behavior is one of multiple claims; decades-old cap scorned as 'minimum wage'; severely injured woman receives mega award.
  • Prescribe for Family, Friends, or Colleagues? Why Not? A healthcare attorney answers a common question: Is it a good idea to write prescriptions for family, friends, or colleagues?
  • Was It Wrong for a Fertility Doc to Secretly Donate Sperm?   A woman who sent a DNA sample to a genetic testing company learned that a fertility doctor was her father. What should you say to patients about genetic tests?
  • For the Quadruple Aim to Succeed, Keep Doctors Doctoring An article by the ACC president on helping cardiologists find work-life balance leads Dr Walton-Shirley to detail what exactly needs to happen to make it a reality vs wishful thinking.
  • Are Pre-Signed Prescriptions a Good Idea? Even Legal? Can I fill in a pre-signed prescription for a patient in the physician's absence? What if I'm also a prescriber?
  • Your Office Is Being Recorded More patients are recording office and clinic visits on their smartphones, raising many questions doctors hadn't thought about before.
  • An Attorney's Legal Gamble Backfires; More No award for family of wrong-surgery victim; lawyer who sought justice for patients is granted his own; one state's struggle with keeping young doctors; movie star didn't have to die, survivors claim.
  • Parents vs Doctor: Who Is Really in Charge?   In most cases, medical treatment decisions for children are made without much conflict between parents and physicians. Sometimes, however, there is an issue. Should parental authority be overridden?
  • How Should I Document an On-Call Patient Consultation? When the clinician takes call and is unable to access the electronic record, how should the call and the clinician's advice be documented?
  • America's Love/Hate Relationship With Doctors When physicians are placed on a pedestal, often anything they do puts them in a 'can't win' situation. Here's how to temper expectations and ultimately mend the doctor/patient relationship.
  • Why Medical Students Hate Fox's New TV Show 'The Resident' Two soon-to-be residents share their thoughts on the new Fox TV show 'The Resident' and what medical dramas should strive to get right.
  • When Missing a 'Zebra' Can Land You in Court Physicians are generally unlikely to face a malpractice suit for misdiagnosing a rare disease, which affects about 1 in 10 people. But the results of a delayed or wrong diagnosis can be devastating or lethal.
  • Amputee From Flesh-Eating Bacteria Can't Receive Cash Award Woman with limbs amputated needs special legislation to collect her award; patients have longer to submit a malpractice claim; one state throws out med-mal caps.
  • Your Legal Risks When Patients Don't Speak English Well When patients don't speak English well -- or at all -- the physician should get a translator, or incur clinical and legal risks. Here's how to comply most efficiently.