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Malpractice | PersonalInjuryAttorneys.com

When a patient comes into a clinic or hospital, it's the job of the doctors, nurses and medical professionals to first "do no harm" and then do everything to help the patient feel better. Sometimes the only thing that makes a patient feel better is to sue for malpractice, whether there's a doubt to the level of care provided them or they are just litigious. This is in the back of the minds of everyone in medicine, and why it costs so much for the insurance to protect your license.

When a patient sues over their idea of personal injury, there's a fine line to walk between what is and isn't malpractice. If your clinic or hospital where you are employed doesn't have a medical attorney on retainer for these incidents, you're going to need some legal counsel as well as your own attorney in such a case. Malpractice as it relates to personal injury is a serious accusation, and you have the right to counter sue your own claim of personal injury because malpractice suits damage your reputation, reduce your credibility as a medical professional, and increase your professional insurance premiums. In addition, malpractice suits can also have the negative effects of time lost without pay, or a loss of your job and/or license. A serious threat no doubt, which only leaves the one measure you can proceed with; the counterclaim.

The minute a hostile patient threatens to sue for malpractice, you should be on the phone with your attorney, or at least as soon as the patient has left and you were unable to diffuse the situation any other way. A number of malpractice suits are nothing more than extortion, plain and simple, and taking threats lightly could be fiscally destructive and damaging to the career you trained so hard for. Solid documentation of the patient's visits, what was said, and what caused the patient to threaten with malpractice is vital to your case. It also helps if you're a doctor and can have a nurse or medical assistant present with you during the incident. Eyewitnesses and documentation are key evidence in proving the falsehood of the suit against you.

A personal injury attorney who has had experience and expertise, on the job training, in malpractice suits should always be your first line of defense. If you can't hire a attorney of this caliber, a personal injury attorney will do.