Adverse Events, Stress, and Litigation: A Physicians Guide

Hardcover | April 14, 2005

bySara C. Charles, Paul R. FrischIllustratorRonald Bailey

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What is it like to be sued for medical malpractice? Bad medical outcomes traumatize patients but they also traumatize physicians. The litigation that often follows is a profoundly human, rather than just a legal experience. Although every physician's case is different, this book shows howeach case goes through the same judicial stages of complaint, discovery, depositions, motions, and delays that lead to trial, settlement, or being dropped. It also gives doctors an understanding of how lawyers think and work to help defendants. Written by a physician and a lawyer, the bookprovides unique insights - through real-life stories - into the personal experience of litigation as well as recommendations for dealing with each of the legal process. It also includes up-to-date reviews of HIPAA legislation, the controversial subject of disclosure, and recent developments in thelaw affecting medical practitioners. Only about thirty percent of plaintiffs win their cases against doctors, but the journey from bedside to witness stand tests both the personal character and the professional skills of those accused. This well-documented book will help doctors understand andnavigate the legal system while honoring their own ideals and emerging changed but stronger from the experience.

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What is it like to be sued for medical malpractice? Bad medical outcomes traumatize patients but they also traumatize physicians. The litigation that often follows is a profoundly human, rather than just a legal experience. Although every physician's case is different, this book shows howeach case goes through the same judicial stages...

Sara C. Charles is at University of Illinois (Emerita). Paul Frisch is at Oregon Medical Association.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:April 14, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Prologue -- Four Days in the Nineties1. Adverse Events: A Basis for Litigation2. Adverse Events: What We Feel and Why3. Disclosure After an Adverse Event4. Adverse Events: What Doctors Can Say about Them5. The Interim: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop6. The Complaint: A Prelude to Litigation7. Meeting the Lawyers8. Coping With the Stress of Litigation9. Discovery: Gaining a Foothold for the Defense of our claim10. To Settle or not to Settle11. The Trial12. Case Over: What's Next13. Closing ArgumentsAppendix: 1. Case HistoriesAppendix: 2. Notes on a CaseGlossary

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"The sentinel work on the management of litigation stress, Charles and Frisch's Physician's Guide: Adverse Events, Stress and Litigation teaches that in certain predisposed physicians, such as those with preexisting trauma or depression, severe or prolonged stress reactions to litigation aremore likely...seems more complete, better balanced, and more immediately useful to physicians experiencing litigation stress."--JAMA