A study conducted by the New York Law Journal found that almost 16,000 New York patients filed medical malpractice claims against their doctors between 2012 and 2022. While many of those claims were legitimate, there were many that were not. Dealing with a false malpractice claim is a challenging situation for any doctor. These claims can harm a doctor’s reputation and cause a lot of stress.
In the medical field, where every decision matters, it is important for doctors to know how to protect themselves from such claims.
Keep detailed medical records
The best defense is to have complete and accurate records of all patient interactions. Record everything about treatments, medications and follow-up plans. Good records can help disprove baseless claims.
Communicate clearly with patients
Good communication can prevent many misunderstandings that lead to malpractice claims. Make sure to explain medical conditions, treatments and risks clearly to patients. When patients understand what to expect, they are less likely to file false claims.
Stick to standard medical practices
Always follow the established medical procedures and protocols. This not only ensures good patient care but also helps defend against malpractice claims.
Get informed consent
Always get a patient’s consent before any treatment or procedure. Make sure they understand what you are going to do and the possible risks and benefits, and be sure to answer any questions they may have regarding the treatment.
Train your staff well
Your staff should understand the importance of keeping accurate records, respecting patient privacy and communicating well. They are a big part of patient care and can help prevent situations that might lead to false claims.
These steps can lower the risk of false claims and help maintain a doctor’s reputation. Remember, being proactive and prepared is the best way to handle the challenges of malpractice claims.