No medical professional is immune to medical malpractice lawsuit. It is important for physicians, doctors and surgeons to be prepared for such an eventuality. How to prevent medical malpractice? You can do several things to prevent such a thing happening to you.
Strictly comply with documentation requirements. Make sure all documents are filled correctly. All fields in the documents must be filled correctly. Your signature and stamp should be put at the required places on documents. You must always get the consents of the patient and guardian in writing before carrying out the procedure. Documents that are inadequate or leave the scope for different interpretation make you susceptible to the lawsuit.
During the initial consultation sessions, discuss all risks, costs and other things with your patient and the guardian. It is not possible to remember a record of every minor detail related to a patient. Always note down details related to the treatments, medications and surgical procedures at every stage of the treatment. Maintain record of all these details of a patient in your system. If there is a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can just go through all these details and everything will become clear to you.
Keep the communication channel open even after the treatment or procedure is over. In cases where a follow-up can be helpful, remind your patients what they need to follow. You should receive the feedback which will help you improve your future treatments of patients. Stay up to date with the latest medical standards specific to your field of specialization. Communicate with patients properly and try to know their expectations. Be forthright while discussing chronic illnesses. Inform them about all risks so they are mentally prepared for an eventuality where something goes wrong.
It is not possible for every person to be a specialist in everything. You may be good in your field of specialization but not so in the medico-legal field. Do not be shy of seeking immediate help of a medical malpractice lawyer when faced with the prospect of a lawsuit. Look for a lawyer who has handled cases of medical professionals. The lawyer should have a good record of defending clients and winning cases. The professional must have handled cases similar to yours.