Real-life Claims

Real Malpractice Cases is a series that recounts real-life clinical situations - some of which you or physicians you know may have encountered - that resulted in lawsuits. These cases are intended to offer valuable lessons on how to prevent a legal claim. Articles are from closed claims studies published by The Doctors Company. Each case study includes commentary and key notes from Jacqueline Ross, PhD, RN, CPAN, Coding Director, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company.

The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.



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