"We live in a very litigious society it makes it more difficult for a physician to be a good Samaritan"

Why one should never give medical advice outside of the doctor’s office:

One medical liability lawyer stated that his company defends many doctors who were consulted in an informal manner, such as, at their child’s Little League baseball game.

Many times in these situations, vital information is lacking, therefore, limiting the doctor’s ability to give a reasoned answer. Usually, the doctor is unaware of the questioner’s medical history. This information maybe important and have an impact on the answer. Also, it’s difficult to do a proper physical examination sitting in the bleachers at a Little League game.

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