Preventing medical malpractice claims with smart strategies

Physicians and their patients all make their best efforts to exchange information to ensure great patient care. At points in the healthcare process, there can be mistakes leading to dissatisfied patients. In many cases, miscommunication and errors can be corrected with little harm done. In other instances, malpractice complaints are filed. Everyone involved in the […]

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On-duty emergency physicians are liable for damages despite the Good Samaritan Act

In Illinois, the Good Samaritan Act protects individuals giving instructions for aid, or rendering aid to others in emergencies, from civil liability for damages resulting in the process. Simply stated, a bystander or passerby who sees someone with an injury or emergency condition does not have a legal duty to stop and give general or […]

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Caution: Electronic Medical Recording has accuracy and reliability pitfalls physicians should avoid

Electronic medical records (“EMR”) might make it easier to see more patients and spend more time caring for patients, but there are inherent risks in technology and human error that can hurt physicians in lawsuits. Judges reviewing EMRs in medical malpractice cases have expressed concerns over the manner in which records are kept using EMR […]

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