Taking good notes is one of the most important steps a clinician can take to reduce the risk of a lawsuit.
Two clinicians offer their opinion on June's Legal Advisor about a female nurse fired for falling asleep while on duty in the hospital.
A patient presents with chest pain 6 weeks after beginning use of a contraceptive device.
A clinician files a lawsuit against her employer after being fired for refusing Tdap immunization.
After a nurse is fired for falling asleep at her job at a hospital, she claims that it was in retaliation for taking time off under the FMLA.
An NP does not inform her patient about his lab results, which showed extensive kidney damage. He collapsed 2 months later.
A clinician's failure to follow up on a patient's mole results in a delayed diagnosis of cancer.
A clinician misses a differential diagnosis when she refers a patient to a specialist for rectal bleeding.
A healthcare provider is sued when a patient is determined to believe that she has more than a sore throat.
A student's headaches, lethargy, vomiting, and photophobia are misdiagnosed as migraine.
A woman has a myocardial infarction after her chest symptoms are misdiagnosed as acid reflux.
A child deals with the consequences of a lesser vaccine, because a medical practice did not update its immunization policies.
A patient is asked to follow up for care but does not, and severe cellulitis develop
A patient's positive hepatitis B results were overlooked for 7 years.
A clinician sends an 18-year-old patient for a same-day MRI but forgets to review the results with the same urgency.
It is well-accepted that healthcare practitioners have a duty to their patients, but do patients have a duty as well?
Several reports have found that the rate of adverse events among hospitalized patients has been declining in recent years.
A communication failure when one clinician refills a prescription written by another has a dire result.
A clinician was found not guilty of negligence after his patient, a lifelong smoker, died of cancer.
A significant number of hospitals do not have sufficient policies in place to deal with the aftermath of egregious hospital errors.
A medical center takes issue with a clinician who uses her employee access to view her ex-husband's medical records.
Duty of care owed to a nurse practitioner's patient by a collaborative practice partner comes into question.
A clinician turns away a man looking for assistance before a walk-in clinic is open for the day.
A nurse divulges a patient's sexually transmitted disease to his girlfriend, who happens to be the nurse's sister-in-law.
A patient's widow asserts that the clinician should have checked hospital records taken prior to admission.
A patient got into a car accident after clinicians failed to warn her of the side effects of the drugs they administered to her.
The number of medical malpractice claims made against anesthesiologists has significantly decreased since 2005.
Denmark's compensation-based medical malpractice program has several features that could benefit the current malpractice system in the United States.
Clinicians are more likely to have been sued if they practice in obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, or orthopedics.
The attorney general of Florida has filed a brief defending the state's current monetary cap on medical malpractice awards.