Medical Malpractice

A Physician’s Sourcebook

  • Richard E. Anderson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Insurance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mark Gorney, Richard E. Anderson
      Pages 3-8
  3. Legal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Fred J. Hiestand
      Pages 11-33
    3. Joel A. Mattison
      Pages 41-51
    4. Jonathan I. Epstein
      Pages 53-62
  4. The Clinical Face of Litigation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Mark Gorney
      Pages 65-74
    3. Edward Fotsch
      Pages 75-87
    4. Malcolm H. Weiss
      Pages 89-100
    5. Michael Jay Bresler
      Pages 101-113
    6. Ann S. Lofsky
      Pages 115-137
    7. Jack M. Schneider
      Pages 139-151
    8. Richard E. Anderson, David B. Troxel
      Pages 153-166
    9. David B. Troxel
      Pages 167-180
  5. Legal Reform and Health Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Richard E. Anderson
      Pages 201-225

About this book

Introduction

What is behind the medical malpractice crisis? What legal reforms would alleviate the crisis? What can you do to prevent litigation? What do you do when you have been sued? Are there alternatives to the current system? How does the medical malpractice insurance industry function? In Medical Malpractice: A Physician's Sourcebook, a panel of physicians, attorneys, academics, researchers, and insurance industry experts consider these and other questions about the origin, nature, and ramifications of the medical malpractice litigation crisis, as well as possible solutions and alternatives to the current system. The authors focus on the clinical face of litigation from the perspective of the practicing physician in a variety of specialties, ranging from family and emergency medicine to anesthesiology, obstetrics, gynecology, and plastic surgery. Special consideration is given to breast cancer and Pap smear litigation, risk management for the family physician, and the importance of effective patient communication. Additional legal chapters examine the litigation process itself, offering insight into winning medical malpractice lawsuits, the role of the physician as expert witness or defendant, the process of discovery and deposition, and how a plaintiff's attorney views risk reduction. Public policy experts argue the case for legal reform, suggest changes in medical-legal jurisprudence that can be of immediate benefit, and reflect on the broader problems of our entire health care system and its interface with law and social policy.
Authoritative and wide-ranging, Medical Malpractice: A Physician's Sourcebook gets to the heart of issues facing physicians and surgeons today. It focuses on the practical aspects of medical malpractice lawsuits, and prepares physicians and surgeons to participate in the public policy debate by addressing current topics that will help them understand the crisis, the threat to healthcare access, and the possibilities for legal reform.

Keywords

Surgery breast cancer cancer care gynecology health care health policy management medicine risk management

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard E. Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.The Doctors CompanyNapa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59259-845-8
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-58829-389-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59259-845-8
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