Malpractice cases occur everyday. Whether the physician is in the wrong or right, cases and lawsuites range in the thousands. As a physician or healthcare provider, it is not uncommon to eventually face a malpractice charge. Whether warranted or not, healthcare providers need to be aware of the many things one should and should not do.
While this may be a stressful time it is critical to remain level minded and react in the proper emotional, professional and legal ways. A healthcare provider needs to understand how to react legally and professionally to the notice.
The article, “What to do if you are sued for malpractice” by James Sweeney offers some basic advice if sued. He states,
“How physicians behave after learning that they’re being sued for medical malpractice can determine the outcome of the case, regardless of its legal and medical merits. That’s why it’s important for physicians to know how to act upon being served notice of a lawsuit. Medical Economics spoke to malpractice defense attorneys and insurers to determine the do’s and don’ts to follow.”
Healthcare providers will need the aid of a malpractice attorney specialist who will be better equipped to mount a proper defense. Legal Nurse Consultants also play a pivotal role on a malpractice team. They are able to serve as expert witnesses and also define the industry standard in medical procedure and determine if one acted within the standards. To learn more about Legal Nurse Consulting please review the American College of Legal Nursing’s Legal Nurse Consultant Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.
Nursing Home Abuse is a big issue. We do not want to see our elderly family ever abused. Legal Nurse Consultants can help aid attorneys in nursing negligence as well as abuse
The article, “Reporting Nursing Home Abuse” by Eric Washburn states,
“Once the decision has been made, the family must then find a facility for their loved one. Families place their utmost trust in nursing homes to provide their elderly loved one with the care they need, along with the dignity and respect they deserve. Tragically, this does not always happen.”
Can a doctor refuse a patient? This is a great legal question and a question that can emerge in court. Legal Nurse Consultants can play a role in presenting the facts.
The article, “Can Doctors Refuse to Treat a Patient?” by Sandeep Jauhar states,
“President Trump recently announced a new rule, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, that allows doctors, hospitals, insurers and other providers of health care to refuse to deliver or fund services like abortion, assisted suicide or procedures for transgender patients that they say violate their religious views.”
Security cameras in nursing homes are aimed at helping prevent injuries. Cameras also can present multiple ethical issues.
The article, “Security cameras in nursing homes aim to protect the vulnerable but present ethical dilemmas” by Kim Eckart attempts to look at the issues surrounding them. He states,
“The use of cameras in resident rooms is so common that some states have passed laws to help families and facilities navigate the legal issues. But it’s not just a gray zone for law. Lots of ethical issues are at play, and it raises the question of privacy’s role in our lives.”
Malpractice is a complex issue. The article below and the info-chart help make it much clearer.
The article, The True Cost of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, by Infographics, Online Master’s in Health Law and Policy states,
“Every year, more than 17,000 malpractice lawsuits are filed in the United States. According to the Medical Scribe Journal that number is so high that the average American doctor can expect to be served a lawsuit once every seven years. The toll isn’t just financial; it can affect a practitioner’s reputation and emotional well-being.”
To read the entire article and to view the info-chart please click here
Our online program can help nurses receive the education they need to better understand the legal health system and also malpractice. The program can help prepare nurses with legal cases involving malpractice and become important members of the legal team, either in defense, or in aid of the prosecution as an expert witness. Please review today and see if it matches your professional and academic needs.
Good article on the reality and abuse that exists within nursing homes and how few cases come to light or are prosecuted.
The article, Failing care: Abuses in nursing homes seldom get reported to police, by Nicole C. Brambila states
“When employees at a ManorCare facility in Pottsville walked in on what appeared to be a resident sexually assaulting an impaired resident last year, they reported it to their supervisors.
After two days passed without any action, someone left an anonymous tip with Pottsville police that resulted in the arrest of Thomas R. Brough, 60, on charges of indecent assault on a person with a mental disability.”
I graduated from a four year degree nursing program and immediately went to work for a busy hospital in the trauma department. After about five years, I decided that I wanted to slow down but still wanted to continue working in the nursing field. One of my co-workers told me she was going to school to become a legal nurse consultant and this interested me a lot. I went back to school to get my legal nurse consulting certification and have come to really love my job now. On a typical day, I review medical records for attorneys and then give them my opinion as to medical causation. Other times I provide written reports to insurance companies or other agencies as to my medical viewpoint regarding accidents. Some cases I work on might involve medical malpractice, personal injury, or even other medical workers who think their rights have been violated. My day is never boring and I am so glad I decided to go back to school.