| March 17, 2006
Tips for a successful malpractice defense. “There’s a common saying in the medical community that there are two types of physicians: those who’ve been sued, and those who will be sued. I would suggest a third category: those who will be sued again.”
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“Tips for a successful malpractice defense”? How about:
1)Lie under oath in deposition2)Falsify medical records3)Lie under oath (again) on the stand
I’ve seen it work.
Like the “expert witness” isn’t doing the exact same thing? Tit for Tat.
“Don’t lecture, pontificate, or be condescending”
“Jurors value their time as much as you value yours. Some of them may resent leaving their jobs to serve on the panel, just as you resent taking time away from your practice. Therefore, they deserve and expect your respect. Coming into court late, or dressing in a way that suggests you’ve just left a beach party makes a poor first impression. If it implies that you’re not concerned about the outcome of the case, it may also imply that you aren’t concerned about the patient’s poor outcome. Jurors are likely to interpret casual attire, gum-chewing, cell phone interruptions, or intermittent yawns as a lack of professionalism—and possibly your medical competence. So once you’re in court, act like a professional. “
The above will be the most difficult for several of the physician posters here.
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