- Provides a methodical guide to assist in making prudent clinical decisions that while best for the patient, also avoid future liability
- Explains the competing functions of the courts
- Describes the differences in physician and lawyer reasoning
- Includes numerous examples for discussion with many from real world cases
A guide for healthcare providers to prudent decision-making that ensures the safety of patients and protects providers from liability. The book is written in a concise, very accessible, and methodical way for both students and practitioners. Examples and cases are provided throughout for classroom discussions and personal reflection. This is a key reference for physicians, medical students, advanced practice professionals, and law students in tort law programs.
From the Preface
…The authors of this book assume that the overwhelming majority of physicians and attorneys aspire to practice ethically, competently, and respectively serve the needs of their patients or clients. The purpose of this book is to move beyond simple stereotypes by engaging the reader in a thoughtful discussion of the challenges that the two disciplines face in establishing norms that lead to fair and just verdicts. In this book, we will discuss the competing functions of courts, the differences in physician and lawyer reasoning, and explore the different aspects of malpractice law that are most relevant to medical students and physicians. As you read this book, we encourage you to think critically and thoughtfully about the material presented. Avoid the temptation to find the right answer for the case illustrations that are provided throughout each chapter. Instead, try to imagine the different perspectives and different ways the story could be told, depending on who is telling it…