medical malpractice

OB ignores nursing supervisor, fractures infant’s skull"Reckless" forceps use ends in disaster.
I used an FDA approved product off-label, now I have been suedA doctor uses hyaluronic acid fillers on his aging patient's hands. His patient suffers complications and sues for medical malpractice, alleging that the doctor used the product for a non-FDA approved purpose.
Legally Speaking: Weak link in chain of command leads to $23 million settlementIn malpractice cases allegations of a failure to follow the chain-of-command policy often are made retrospectively, knowing the bad outcome and claiming that nurses had a responsibility to obtain additional medical care that would have prevented the patient’s injury.
Legal 101: Tort Law and Medical Malpractice for PhysiciansIn the first installment of a new series aimed at better equipping ob/gyns to deal with legal issues, a physician-attorney reviews what it takes for a plaintiff to prevail in a malpractice case.
Hysterectomy without consent?A patient sues after a hysterectomy is performed even after a finding of no cancer.
Why empathy may be the best risk management strategyThirty-six states have “apology laws” that prohibit certain statements or expressions of sympathy by a physician from being admissible in a lawsuit. Experts in the field say that while the laws may help some physicians feel more comfortable about expressing empathy, they aren’t really necessary to avoid lawsuits. Instead, good patient-physician relationships and open disclosure are the keys to responding successfully to a bad outcome.
Letter: Malpractice study's results are flawedA reader disagrees with the results of a study on the links between fears of malpractice and defensive medicine practices.
The defensive medicine balancing actOrdering tests and diagnostic procedures can be a dilemma for physicians, who must navigate issues of patient care, liability and cost
Legally Speaking: Dueling defendants in retained foreign object caseUnless there is definitive evidence that one defendant is solely responsible, once jurors see “dueling defendants” they most often assume the worst happened and find blame all around.
Protecting against liability when ordering screening testsPhysicians need to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of screening tests and procedures with patients and document the discussions in their records to protect themselves if they are sued for medical malpractice.