If you are a practicing doctor, the last thing you want is a malpractice claim on your hands. Medical procedures are fraught with risks, and when life turns sour on people, the first thing they search for is someone to blame. Unfortunately, that is often the very person who was trying to save their life. Here is how to reduce medical malpractice claims.
- Hire an experienced lawyer. Whether or not you have ever been accused of medical malpractice, you want to be sure that you have a lawyer who has experience in the field, like the ones at Albert W. Chianese and Associates. They will know exactly how to advise you in the process of fighting for your innocence, and they will represent you both in and out of court when you need to communicate with the prosecution team.
- Make sure you have your contracts locked and sealed tight. Once you have a strong lawyer to represent you, you want to be sure that he or she looks over all of the contracts that you present to your patients. You want insurance that you have all the bases covered in those contracts so that your patients can’t claim that they were misinformed of the risks involved with the procedures you perform. You need a solid contract for each and every procedure that you perform.
- Make sure that everything is up to code. When it comes to both your office and your operating room, you need to be sure that everything is up to code in terms of safety. A loose hinge on a door, an exposed wire on your ceiling, a loose or torn rug in the hallway, or a leaky pipe in the bathroom could all be horribly damaging to your practice. If you live in a state like California that is particularly litigious, you definitely don’t want to mess around. So be sure you have every room you’re responsible for inspected and certified.
- Make sure you discuss all risks with your patients ahead of time. In addition to having your patients sign contracts giving consent and acknowledging risks, you want to be sure that you speak with them very frankly about the procedure that is to be performed. It can be particularly difficult with procedures that are more dangerous, especially with your more sensitive patients, but all the more reason to really make sure they understand the situation before they roll into the operating room.
- Make sure that you always comply with industry standards when it comes to hygiene. It may seem rudimentary, but you really do want to be sure that you and your team always comply with hygiene standards in every single way. If one of your nurses or operating team fails to comply in any way, and that failure can be proven by your patient, then you could be in a lot of trouble and it could potentially destroy your medical practice. That’s why you want to be an absolute stickler with everyone when it comes to standards in hygiene.