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Malpractice: What to Do if You Get Sued
Lawsuits and the Physician's Best Defense

This course covers the vital information that physicians need at every step of the way to win or avoid a judgment against them if they are named in a lawsuit. It will also describe effective steps to take to avoid getting sued. Physicians will gain detailed knowledge of the elements of a malpractice lawsuit and the best course of action at each juncture; how to prepare for depositions and trial; and the types of settlements that they may have to choose.

In this course:

  • How plaintiffs win their cases, requirements to prove negligence, and the role of expert witnesses;
  • Key issues in lawsuits with multiple defendants and steps to be wary of as a lawsuit progresses;
  • The role of mediation and arbitration, types of settlements, and the pros and cons of each; and
  • Preparing for depositions and trial, your right to appeal, and how to prevent a lawsuit.
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5 CHAPTERS
How Plaintiffs Win Their Cases
Physicians need to know the elements of a lawsuit, what plaintiffs will try to prove, and how physician defendants can strengthen their case.
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First Steps: How a Malpractice Lawsuit Starts
A practical look at how a lawsuit proceeds, and crucial steps to take when you learn that you are being sued.
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Depositions: The Heart of the Case
Important advice about the process by which attorneys uncover the facts of your case, and what physicians need to be careful about in order to best protect themselves.
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Should You Settle or Go to Trial?
A discussion of the options a physician has available as a lawsuit proceeds, and a look at the pros and cons of each.
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How to Avoid Getting Sued
This chapter details steps physicians can take in order to avert a lawsuit and protect themselves in case a lawsuit arises.
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AUTHORS
Sam Rosenberg, JD
Partner, Rosenberg Jacobs and Heller PC, Morris Plains, New Jersey
Leigh Page
Freelance healthcare writer, Chicago, Illinois
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PHYSICIAN BUSINESS ACADEMY

Medscape Physician Business Academy is designed to help all physicians, employed and self-employed as well as new and more established practicing physicians, become successful in their medical practice and career by providing the essential business information that most medical schools and residency programs don't teach.

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