Good bedside manner can go much farther than just kindness and professionalism. In fact, the better the bedside manner, the less chance of confusion and hurt feelings. This pays huge dividends when something goes wrong and how the patient interprets it. It may pay for physicians and surgeons to spend that extra moment or say that extra kind word when dealing with patients.
The article, “Bad Bedside Manner or Medical Malpractice?” by Richard Console Jr takes a closer look at malpractice cases and the effect of good bedside manner in preventing them. He states,
“A good bedside manner is far more effective at reducing the risk of medical malpractice litigation than common practices of ordering excessive tests and procedures, sometimes called “defensive medicine,” The New York Times reported. The patients seeing doctors who faced the most malpractice lawsuits – not only the ones who actually filed those suits – felt that these doctors ignored them, rushed them or failed to explain things adequately. Frequently sued doctors are the subject of twice as many complaints as doctors without such a troubled history. Most often, complaints referenced the doctor’s poor communication”
Doctor bedside manner can prevent many unneeded conflicts when no actual malpractice even exists. It is when patients perceive a slight that a case has a chance to develop even if it ultimately goes nowhere. Yet is it worth the risk? Taking time to better explain and show some empathy is important to the total treatment of the patient.
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Counselors and other healthcare providers are dealing with a potential increase of liability with telehealth but it does not have to be so with the increase of technology and other data collection. With more information, telehealth can still be effective and reduce liability, especially in cases of suicide.
The article, “Suicide and the malpractice myth” by Matt Miclette looks at telehealth and how technology can reduce liability. He states,
“Despite fears that remote health assessment and diagnostic tools will increase medical malpractice liability — particularly in cases of suicide ideation — the adoption and implementation of a new generation of remote assessment and treatment plans during the pandemic are not only bridging the mental health care gap in formerly underserved communities across the U.S. — it’s lowering clinicians’ exposure to civil liability.”
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There are many misconceptions about malpractice cases and the process. It is important to understand what is true and what is not and how to handle a case. Malpractice attorneys with their staff, including in some cases, Legal Nurse Consultants can help one go through the process.
The article, “Common Misconceptions About Medical Malpractice” by Jonathan Ford Hughes takes a closer look at common misconceptions and what one should do. He states,
“It’s an unfortunate reality for many physicians, but a malpractice suit isn’t so much a matter of ‘if’ as it is a matter of ‘when’. Bad outcomes, regardless of negligence, have a certain statistical probability that’s unavoidable. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, by age 65, 75% of physicians in low-risk specialties and 99% of physicians in high-risk specialties will have faced a malpractice claim. However, the NEJM article points out that “most claims do not lead to payments to plaintiffs.”
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Legal Nurse Consultants can find themselves in many cases where lawsuits are pursued between healthcare providers and patients. They can also play a big role in helping one party determine if the damage was malpractice or negligence. These key terms are important to understand in any case. Negligence is a mistake without intent but still requires compensation.
The article, “Understanding the difference between medical malpractice and negligence” from TravelDailyNews reviews these differences. The article states,
“Medical malpractice and negligence are two legal terms that share some commonalities but are not interchangeable. If you are a victim of medical malpractice or negligence, it’s important to understand the difference between the two to build a strong case, support your claim, and ultimately, get your due compensation. To help you understand your rights and your case better, this guide will explain the difference between medical malpractice and negligence.”
Again Legal Nurse Consultants can help determine if a case is malpractice or negligent with their expertise in helping the firm determine. To read the entire article, please click here
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Heart attacks can kill but sometimes they can so mild that they go undetected. This is dangerous and if not diagnosed could lead to future death. Healthcare professionals are held to a high standard to diagnose these issues and not miss them. When these things are missed, then possible lawsuits can emerge. Legal Nurse Consultants can play key roles in these types of cases.
The article, “Failure To Diagnose Heart Attacks: Medical Malpractice” by Michael John Tario looks at how these possible medical practices can occur. He states,
“It’s a horrifying thought…your life is in danger as you experience a heart attack and the very health professionals you are depending on to help you, fail to diagnose your medical condition. The sad truth is that failure to diagnose a heart attack happens more often than it should. ”
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Many malpractice cases never make it to the court room. Some may not even make it to public record due to mediation. Meditation is the process where the two parties can find a compromise for compensation due to malpractice. It is cheaper, less stressful and spares the healthcare provider less unwanted publicity.
The article, “Legal Malpractice Ideally Handled in Pre-Suit Mediation” from Miles Mediation and Arbitration looks at the process of mediation. The article states,
“Resolving a matter pre-suit often means that it can be disposed of in weeks or months instead of years. The lawyer can quickly put the matter to bed and fully return to the business of law without the weight of uncertainty caused by litigation. The truncated time period also translates to cost savings in terms of legal fees. Relative to litigation, the cost of a pre-suit mediation is nominal.”
Medical experts provide important information to juries and meditation meetings. Legal Nurse Consultants can play the role of expert witness for numerous cases for and against the plaintiff or defendant in a malpractice case. Legal Nurse Consultants are sought after for this particular service.
The article, “How Much Do Medical Expert Witnesses Charge?” by Richard Haddad looks deeper into the role and part played by an expert medical witness. He states,
“If you are part of a lawsuit that in any way involves medical malpractice, you will certainly require an expert medical witness to testify before a court or deposition in support of your case. Unfortunately, these expert witnesses don’t come cheap, and may represent the most money that you will spend in a medical malpractice lawsuit.”
Heart surgery is a very risky surgery. Not all heart surgeries are successful due to the risky and dangerous nature of it but some errors are preventable and fall outside the standard of risk. Healthcare providers have the obligation to supply care and professionalism from the surgery preparation to checkups following heart surgery. When they fail to adhere to standards of practice, and injury results, it is important to seek reparations.
The article, “What Are My Legal Options Regarding Heart Surgery Malpractice?” from South Florida Reporter looks at some of the problems that can point towards a possible malpractice case after heart surgery. The article states,
“There are various types of errors that can take place during heart surgery. Concerning heart surgeries, most errors take place in Balloon Angioplasties. A Balloon Angioplasty is a way to correct several heart problems such as heart attacks and artery diseases. Next most erroneous, complications arise from Cardiac Ablations. Heart surgery errors can also arise from the incorrect diagnosis of a heart problem and during other surgeries, such as Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery.”
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With the emergence of new technologies such as telehealth, many great new advantages come, but also chances for medical malpractice. It is important for primary healthcare givers to understand the advantages and disadvantages of telehealth and what can go wrong and how to protect oneself.
The article, “6 things to know about telehealth medical malpractice concerns” by Jackie Drees looks at the some of the issues and problems that can arise from telehealth and what can possibly lead to malpractice. She states,
“Telehealth adoption has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, signaling the need for providers to examine their malpractice risks associated with virtual care. In a Sept. 29 op-ed for Bloomberg Law, Lindsay Lowe, a public health and healthcare law attorney at Wolfe Pincavage law firm in Miami, outlined potential medical malpractice concerns providers should be aware of when delivering telehealth services.”
With online breaches, poor connection, miscommunication or lack of proper observation due to technical limitations, it is important to work with clients and let them understand the potential issues with telehealth despite the advantages. To read the entire article, please click here
Medication error is a type of medical malpractice. It occurs when the improper medication, dose, or time when a medication is prescribed. It can be due to scripts with bad handwriting, overworked staff, the pharmacist, or even a nurse. Ultimately, it will usually fall on the shoulders of the doctor. Communication is key in preventing this type of possible malpractice suite and death or injury to a patient.
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Medical Malpractice: How Medication Errors Can Be Devastating” by Dr Sonya Sherpa looks at the this type of medical malpractice in detail. She offers a wide range of ways to prevent it as well. She states,
“There is no one single step to reducing medication errors, in fact, the entire healthcare staff and administration need to work together to reduce these errors, by hiring more staff, reducing the numerous responsibilities of one single doctor, and better communication. Communication is key.”