One report estimated that over $55 billion is spent on expenses related to medical malpractice lawsuits and claims each year. Even a fraction of that figure could potentially bankrupt your private practice. Here are 3 tips to protect yourself against these types of claims.
Documentation Beats Conversation
If you are only documenting patient records and prescriptions, you are missing out on a major preventative method. Make sure that you document everything that occurs between you and your patients – phone calls, emails, consultations, procedures completed, etc. The more details you have in your records, the better off you will be if you ever must face a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Informed Consent is a Requirement
Never make the mistake of thinking that getting informed consent is optional and based on the situation. Going through with an operation with a patient’s informed consent is essentially setting yourself up for a major malpractice suit. Any medical malpractice lawyer would tell you that outlining all of the details upfront for your patients is a key step toward preventing post-op malpractice situations from emerging.
Do Not Wait to Get an Attorney
Waiting until you are being sued before you get a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice would be another big mistake. Even if you do not have an active case against you, consulting with an expert lawyer can help you to stay away from potentially damaging situations. He or she will be able to provide you accurate, legal advice to help guide you through doctor-patient situations that may lead to a lawsuit.
Prepare Now or Pay Later
The key to preventing your practice from being exposed to malpractice claims is to think ahead and prepare now. Maintain solid records and documentation, always focus on getting informed consent from your patients pre-op and do not hesitate to seek legal assistance.Add to favorites