Legal Advisor

Undisclosed condition 
leads to death

Undisclosed condition 
leads to death

A patient's widow 
asserts that the clinician
 should have checked
 hospital records taken prior to admission.

Emergency ignored in an alcoholic

Emergency ignored in an alcoholic

Clinicians assume symptoms in a patient who regularly presents intoxicated are due to alcohol.

Complaints not taken 
seriously

Complaints not taken 
seriously

A clinician misdiagnoses thyroid cancer as acid reflux in a patient who often comes to the clinic.

A costly HIPAA 
violation

A costly HIPAA 
violation

After a major car accident, two providers disclose a patient's health information to his employer.

Treating one symptom proves fatal

Treating one symptom proves fatal

A patient dies after a 
clinician treats a patient 
for diarrhea and omits 
further examination.

Busy office 
setting leads to missed diagnosis

Busy office 
setting leads to missed diagnosis

A clinician misses a fatal pulmonary embolism in a patient known to make minor complaints.

Referral misses 
drug-seeking 
behavior

Referral misses 
drug-seeking 
behavior

A patient overdoses when communication breaks down between clinicians.

Outpatient care results in lawsuit

Outpatient care results in lawsuit

Serious complications 
follow a decision not to hospitalize a patient.

Late consult ends in brain damage

Late consult ends in brain damage

A clinician fails to urgently obtain a neurologic 
referral for a baby with developmental delays.

Providers applaud medical malpractice provision in the Sustainable Growth Repeal bill

Providers applaud medical malpractice provision in the Sustainable Growth Repeal bill

Providers have been concerned that quality metrics, such as those mandated by the Affordable Care Act, pose unintended legal risks for health-care practitioners.

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